This sovereignty is a spiritual notion: the ancestral tie between the land, or ‘mother nature’,
and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples who were born therefrom, remain
attached thereto, and must one day return thither to be united with our ancestors. Continue reading →
he obviously was a good bushman, and an active and effective surveyor. He was interested in the history of the land he measured, and he respected and made use of Aboriginal knowledge. Continue reading →
With the passage of time Irish Catholics eventually did become part of the fabric of Australian society. With the coming of each generation, they moved along and some of them, up the social scale. But their ascent was neither rapid nor easy. Continue reading →
McKinty’s The Island is a page-turner, and often quite chilling and surprising in the turns it takes. Continue reading →
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A book about an Irish hermit and priest who spent 47 years in the West Australian desert and opened cross-cultural religious dialogue with indigenous Australians. Continue reading →
Irish Australians varied enormously in their attitudes towards Indigneous Australians from friendship to violent dispossession.
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… So it is a book about division. But I think it is also one about integration … Continue reading →
His light touch reflects his playful approach to a range of topics. Continue reading →
Actions by the ‘Whiteboys’ led Garrett Cotter into trouble and it was really only luck that found him on a convict ship bound for the colonies instead of the gallows Continue reading →
Plunkett’s appointment to this senior judicial post in the colony was the first appointment of a Catholic to a significant position of legal authority. Continue reading →