Dharawal: The First Contact People


250 years ago the first encounter between British and Aboriginal people on the east coast of Australian occurred at Botany Bay in 1770.

For the British, it heralded the beginning of endless possibilities for the empire. For Aboriginal people, it marked the beginning of the decimation of cultures that were thousands of years old.

The traditional country of these people, the Dharawal, were the coastal lands from Botany Bay to the Shoalhaven district and for some distance inland. This is a local story with a national and international significance.

Dharawal history and experiences in some ways provide a metaphor or parallel for all Aboriginal people across the continent and a yardstick by which to measure the clash of cultures.

By: Bruce Watt

Pages: 167

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions & Weight: 260x195x20mm, 750g approx

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