By Inga Clendinnen
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, most sensible heritage e-book, 2004.
In January 1788 the 1st Fleet arrived in New South Wales and one thousand British women and men, a few of them convicts and a few of them loose, encountered the folk who will be their new neighbours-the seashore nomads of Australia.
Clendinnen bargains a clean interpreting of news, letters and journals of the 1st British settlers in Australia. She reconstructs the tough route to friendship and conciliation pursued via Arthur Phillip and the neighborhood chief 'Bennelong' (Baneelon); after which strains the painful destruction of that hard-won friendship as profound cultural ameliorations asserted themselves.
This significantly acclaimed and award-winning paintings will switch the best way we predict approximately how Australia got here into being and the way our historical past is formed.
'A masterful booklet, elegantly conceived and written with narrative brilliance. Clendinnen is witty, incisively poetic and wrong with humanity.' Age
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