"A Distant Field of Murder" tells the story of a frontier - south-western Victoria during the 1830s and 1840s. It describes how one culture, that of the original possessors of the land, responded to the catastrophe visited upon it by the white settlers. It reveals the complexity of the settlement process, the choices confronting the newcomers as they struggled to establish themselves. It expresses the dilemmas faced by the colonial administration attempting to maintain a fragile peace. Though a detailed examination of one region, "A Distant Field of Murder" explores an immense human drama, the consequences of which remain with us to this day. This book is intended for students and researchers in Australian history, Aboriginal studies and anthropology.
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Jan Critchett is an associate professor of Australian studies at Deakin University.
'a fine regional study . . . an important contribution to the overall history of Aboriginal-European relations' -- Henry Reynolds
'an impressive work, notable for its depth of detailed research, lucid style and cogent argument' -- Canberra Historical Journal
'it is books like this which will help to break this silence and dissolve the final frontiers of racism and ignorance which stand between us' -- Site, Newsletter of the Victoria Archaeological Survey
'my favourite (book) for the year . . . it provide(s) such fresh insight into the question of early Aboriginal-white contact' -- Canberra Times
'well-written, well-documented . . . enticing photographs . . . [a] significant contribution to Australian history and frontier studies' -- American Historical Review
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Book Description Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. illustrated with 26 plates, 5 text illustrations, 5 maps. History of Aborigines in the Western District of Victoria. Gift inscription to previous owner by Author on Title page, previous owners name on front endpaper, very slight bump to top corners, otherwise a fine copy in fine dustjacket. ; 225 x 150mm; xiv, 303 pages; Signed by Author. Bookseller Inventory # 18769
Book Description Melbourne Univ Pr, Carlton South Vic, Australia, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. 'The frontier was in fact a very local phenomenon, the disputed area being the very land each settler lived upon.' This book tells the story of a frontier, south-western Victoria during the 1830s and 1840s. It is a story of people - Kaawirn Kuunawarn, George Augustus Robinson, Wombeetch Puyuun, Charles Joseph La Trobe, Burguidenang. How one culture responded to the catastrophe visited upon it by the white settlers.' Tight and clean. Three ownership stamps (whited out). Bookseller Inventory # 009720
Book Description Melbourne Univ Pr, 1990. Book Condition: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 0522843891-2-4