The Garrison Years (and shortly after)

Originally published 12 April 2014:

The fourth story in the OUTDONE collection, When Patrick Taylor Met Charles Darwin, is set in March, 1836, nine full years after the Amity’s arrival. By this time the New South Wales colonial outpost Major Lockyer had called Frederickstown had been usurped by the newly formed Swan River Colony, a business venture established by the monumentally ambitious Scottish Naval Officer, James Stirling.

 

Colour Lithograph reproduction of an etching on woven paper, with some hand colour retouching

A westward look at Frederickstown, on the north shore of Princess Royal Harbour. Colour Lithograph reproduction of an etching on woven paper, with some hand colour retouching, made by Major Lockyer prior to April 1827

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Disclaimer: I am not Aboriginal, I cannot pretend to be.

Almost super-human. A powerful, shackle breaking story of coming alive.

Almost super-human. A powerful, shackle breaking story of coming alive.

Originally Published 8 April 2014:

The motivation for my writing came from a late realisation I had spent time with an Aboriginal friend when I was a kid but that all along I never knew anything about him. Many years after that friendship fell away, the realisation prompted me in a quite sudden and wrenching fashion to want to find out. So I began searching for Noongar literature, anything I could find that would help me to understand the story behind Aboriginal identity in the South West of Western Australia.

This introduced me to the writing of Kim Scott.  Upon recommendation I bought ‘Kyang and Me’ an exploration  in conjunction with his aunt, Hazel Brown, of his wider family history;  and then ‘Benang; From The Heart’, his Miles Franklin Award winning exploration of what I concluded to be the anger of being forced to feel incomplete.

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