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1787

September 3, 2016 |

Extract from 1787: THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIA’S BEGINNINGS

by Nick Brodie  

NOT A PROLOGUE

  Australia’s history did not start in January 1788. However habituated we have become to telling it this way, our national story did not … Read More

Greetings From Beyond the Pale: Expulsion from the Garden of Eden

December 6, 2015 |

Ben Laycock  

A long days journey into night finds me stranded once more. Far from home, far from civilisation, far from certain of my place amongst this motley crew of cowboys, tomboys (Carol), ferals and hippies.

The camp is … Read More

As They Are: Colonial Life and the Art of S.T. Gill

September 1, 2015 |

Sasha Grishin  

Although S.T. Gill died 135 years ago, the current exhibition at the State Library of Victoria, Australian Sketchbook: Colonial Life and the Art of S.T. Gill (until October 25) is the first major retrospective exhibition of his … Read More

Greetings From Beyond the Pale: The Tanami Track

April 1, 2015 |

Ben Laycock

 

Time to bid a fond farewell to Nyiripi and continue my lonely quest. The Kimberley beckons with the allure of the exotic and the unknown. The bitumen road from Alice Springs to Kununarra is a giant dog-leg … Read More

Greetings from Beyond the Pale: A Death in the Family

February 3, 2015 |

Ben Laycock

 

I am still at Nyiripi, way out in the Western Desert. Paul and Clair are the ‘gudia’ (whitefellas) that run the place. The Walpiri reckon gudia are like Toyotas. They go really well to start with, but … Read More

Greetings from Beyond the Pale: Hunting & Gathering

December 2, 2014 |

Ben Laycock

 

No sooner have we arrived than l am invited on a genuine, authentic, real, live, traditional hunting expedition with real, live, genuine, traditional blackfellas. I felt like all my Christmases had come at once.

We all pile … Read More

Stralian Stories May 2014

May 1, 2014 |

 

“As only natives ride”: Lawson’s Adversity, Private Property and Australian Culture

 

Appearing in a number of Henry Lawson’s (1867-1922) collections The Fire at Ross’s Farm catalogues aspects of a romanticised Australian identity: assumed mateship, hardy toughness, hearts of … Read More