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Pages: 232

Language: English

Publisher: UNSW Press (30 July 2006)

By: Cassandra Pybus (Author)

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This work turns our assumption that the convicts who came to Australia were all white upside down. It is a great read - Cassandra Pybus is a wonderful storyteller. It picks up on an area of great and growing interest, as seen through the success of Inga Clendinnen's ''Dancing With Strangers'', Kate Grenville's ''The Secret River'', and Tom Keneally's ''Commonwealth of Thieves''. In this compelling new book, distinguished historian and writer, Cassandra Pybus, reveals that black convicts were among our first fleet settlers - a fact which profoundly complicates our understanding of race relations in early colonial Australia. Most of these black founders were originally slaves from America who had sought freedom with the British during the American Revolution only to find themselves abandoned and unemployed in England when the war was over. Pybus' stories include the notorious runaway ''Black Caesar'', who became our first bushranger, and the wonderfully subversive Billie Blue, who was the first ferryman on Sydney Harbour, after whom Blues Point is named.


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