The Convict Valley: The Bloody Struggle on Australia's Early Frontier

November 1, 2020|
The Convict Valley: The Bloody Struggle on Australia's Early Frontier by Mark Dunn
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In 1790, five convicts escaped Sydney by boat and were swept ashore near present day Newcastle. They were taken into the local Aboriginal clan, marrying and starting families. Thus began a long and often dramatic series of encounters between Aboriginals and convicts in the Hunter Valley, the second European settlement after Sydney. This book tells the story of the Hunter's first 50 years—a rich account of relations between the convicts, land owners (many former convicts), and Aboriginal clans. Not a simple recounting of frontier conflict, it also shows how some Aboriginal families found ways to survive the loss of their land by subtle forms of resistance, or by working for the European settlers. Based on meticulous and extensive primary research which has uncovered many new stories,The Convict Valley is a new Australian history classic.

 
Mark Dunn is a consultant historian and Chair of the Professional Historians Association of NSW and ACT. He has convict ancestors who settled in the Hunter, and has spent 20 years investigating the history, heritage, and archaeology of the region.
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Title:The Convict Valley: The Bloody Struggle on Australia's Early Frontier
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 1 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 9.25 X 6 X 1 in
Published:November 1, 2020
Publisher:Allen & Unwin
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781760528645

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