Author: Sven Lindqvist
Publisher: Granta Books
Terra Nullius is a journey across Australia's desert and into its shocking past. This lyrical book describes its landscape, flora and fauna and geology, tells the history of the country and reveals the shocking treatment of its Aboriginal peoples.
Author: Claire G. Coleman
Publisher: Small Beer Press
“Coleman’s timely debut is testimony to the power of an old story seen afresh through new eyes.” —Adelaide Advertiser “In our politically tumultuous time, the novel’s themes of racism, inherent humanity and freedom are particularly poignant.” —Books + Publishing The Natives of the Colony are restless. The Settlers are eager to have a nation of peace and to bring the savages into line. Families are torn apart. Reeducation is enforced. This rich land will provide for all. This is not the Australia we know. This is not the Australia of the history books. Terra Nullius is something new, but all too familiar. Shortlisted for the 2018 Stella Prize Indie Book Awards and Highly Commended for the Victorian Premiers Literary Awards, Terra Nullius is an incredible debut from a striking new Australian Aboriginal voice. Jacky was running. There was no thought in his head, only an intense drive to run. There was no sense he was getting anywhere, no plan, no destination, no future. All he had was a sense of what was behind, what he was running from. Jacky was running. Claire G. Coleman is a writer from Western Australia. She identifies with the South Coast Noongar people. Her family are associated with the area around Ravensthorpe and Hopetoun. Claire grew up in a Forestry’s settlement in the middle of a tree plantation, where her dad worked, not far out of Perth. She wrote her black&write! fellowship- winning manuscript Terra Nullius while traveling around Australia in a caravan.
Historical and Legal Fictions on the Foundation of Australia. History books, school curricula and legal texts all treat terra nullius as the defining doctrine in the foundation of Australia and the dispossession of the Aborigines. The High Court's Mabo decision was supposed to have overturned it. Michael Connor reveals terra nullius to be a mythical notion. It was never a phrase used in Australia in the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. It was only injected into Australian political and legal debate in the 1970s. Since then it has meant whatever its users want it to mean. The foundation of Australia was based on entirely different concepts and terminology. The book investigates the historical writings of a number of prominent Australian academic historians and finds them sadly wanting. It finds them inaccurate and untrustworthy, not only on Australia's foundation but on subsequent relations between colonists and Aborigines. The evidence for a number of incidents of violence - especially the currently controversial Convincing Grounds Massacre at Portland, Victoria - is either exaggerated, wrong or recycled from very dubious sources. This book is not just a trenchant critique of recent historiography. It overturns the received interpretation of Australian history and puts a new perspective on this country's beginnings.
People of Terra Nullius
Author: Boyce Richardson
Publisher: University of Washington Press
The Dead Do Not Die
Author: Sven Lindqvist
Publisher: The New Press
Collects two works; the first explores the roots of genocide and European racism in the form of a travel diary, the second, Australia's "no man's land" that was claimed by the British because the "lower races" inhabited it.
Norway was granted sovereignty over Svalbard by the 1920 Svalbard Treaty. This book examines the Treaty, emphasizing four aspects: the character of Norwegian sovereignty; the scope and nature of the requirement of non-discrimination; the prohibition of military use of the archipelago; and the application of the Treaty and the Mining Code in the maritime areas around Svalbard.
Annotation. The Great Southland of the Holy Spirit is an enigma. Seen by early European explorers as barren and godforsaken, western attitudes to Land in Australia now recognise its great beauty and spirituality. The 'Dead Centre' has a 'Red Heart'.Dr Dalton takes this a step further by suggesting that Land in Australia be understood in terms of relationships, rather than utility, and that environmental policies be based on treating Land as a person, rather than an object.In reaching this conclusion he draws on the evolution of Australian landscape art and poetry, experiences encountered whilst undertaking a 'Spirit Journey' through Central Australia, a case study of the regulation of Coal Seam Gas mining, indigenous spirituality and theological reflection.
Author: Craig Cormick
Short story about Captain Cook's voyage charting the East coast of Australia in 1770. The author is the editor of 'Blast'. His other publications include 'Pimplemania'.
In The Political Uncommons, Kathryn Milun presents a cultural history of the global commons: those domains, including the atmosphere, the oceans, the radio frequency spectrum, the earth's biodiversity, and its outer space, designated by international law as belonging to no single individual or nation state but rather to all humankind. From the res communis of Roman property law to early modern laws establishing the freedom of the seas, from the legal battles over the neutrality of the internet to the heritage of the earth's genetic diversity, Milun connects ancient, modern, and postmodern legal traditions of global commons. Arguing that the logic of legal institutions governing global commons is connected to the logic of colonial doctrines that dispossessed indigenous peoples of their land, she demonstrates that the failure of international law to adequately govern the earth's atmosphere and waters can be more deeply understood as a cultural logic that has successfully dispossessed humankind of basic subsistence rights. The promise of global commons, Milun shows, has always been related to subsistence rights and an earth that human communities have long imagined as 'common' existing alongside private and public domains. Utilizing specific case studies, The Political Uncommons opens a way to consider how global commons regimes might benefit from the cross-cultural logics found where indigenous peoples have gained recognition of their common tenure systems in Western courts.
Bachelor Thesis from the year 2017 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Literature, grade: 1,3, University of Bonn, course: Settler Colonial Narratives (Australia), language: English, abstract: This paper tries to reconstruct the history of European Settlers coming to Australia in order to build up a new existence on foreign ground. The overall aim is to establish an understanding of the concept of terra nullius that labeled Australia literally into a no man’s land and thereby justified and enabled its annexation by the inrushing convicts, settlers, entrepreneurs and adventurers. Within colonial discourse a colony was founded on the acquisition of land by occupation or settlement of a terra nullius. Although the presence of the Indigenous peoples was acknowledged, they were considered to be primitive and uncivilised. According to the colonial power without any visible political system the Indigenous peoples had no sovereignty over the land and no laws that would assert their land rights. Driven by the empowerment of terra nullius the newcomers claimed land as their own, mapped and named it. With these insights the focus of this paper will shift to the historical novel The Secret River by Kate Grenville in order to follow the protagonist William Thornhill’s efforts to build up a new existence for his family in Australia and to present how the settlers’ motivations and methods of claiming and possessing of land were implemented. The dispossession of the Indigenous peoples of Australia was legally recognised through the Mabo judgement in 1992 that overturned the terra nullius fiction and acknowledged that Indigenous peoples had lived in Australia for thousands of years and enjoyed rights to their land according to their own laws and customs.
When Ellie and six of her friends return home from a camping trip deep in the bush, they find things hideously wrong -- their families gone, houses empty and abandoned, pets and stock dead. Gradually they begin to comprehend that their country has been invaded and everyone in the town has been taken prisoner. As the horrible reality of the situation becomes evident they have to make a life-and-death decision: to run back into the bush and hide, to give themselves up to be with their families, or to stay and try to fight. This reveting, tautly-drawn novel seems at times to be only a step away from today's headlines.
Gunyah, Goondie + Wurley
Author: Paul Memmott
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
Debunking the inaccurate popular notions of early Aboriginal architecture and settlement, this lavish volume explores the range and complexity of Aboriginal-designed structures, spaces, and territories, from minimalist shelters to permanent houses and villages. As a framework for ongoing debate and research on Aboriginal lifestyles and cultural heritage, the book additionally features a brief overview of post-1970 collaborative architecture between white Australian architects and Aboriginal clients, as well as an introduction to the work of the first Aboriginal graduates of university-based courses in architecture.
Walking Toward Moosalamoo is a story of humans and the earth, as well as being a chronicle of three summers spent hiking, to a place called Mount Moosalamoo, in the Champlain Valley of Vermont. At bottom, it is an environmental inquiry into the dialog between humans and the land, one concerned with our current environmental crises, but also with the historical and cultural terrain of New England-its narrative geography. Along the way, Carlson muses on the ways we speak of the earth-how we often wound it with our words, but also how we limit our own freedom, and wound ourselves, by misrepresenting our storied relationship with the land that supports all our lives. This is an environmental and political argument for listening to the earth, but also one for listening to each other. "Moosalamoo" is more metaphor than mountain, then, and the destination is a new story, not a peak in the Green Mountains.
Author: Paul Collis
Publisher: Univ. of Queensland Press
‘When he was in gaol, he’d begun to prepare himself for the fight of his life, a showdown with the policeman, McWilliams ... he’d face life with death, and see who blinked first.’ Blackie and Rips are fresh out of prison when they set off on a road trip back to Wiradjuri country with their mate Carlos. Blackie is out for revenge against the cop who put him in prison on false grounds. He is also craving to reconnect with his grandmother’s country. Driven by his hunger for drugs and payback, Blackie reaches dark places of both mystery and beauty as he searches for peace. He is willing to pay for that peace with his own life. Part road-movie, part ‘Koori-noir’, Dancing Home announces an original and darkly funny new voice.