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Recommended Reading List

The following references have come across my path while I have been researching Australia's slave history of Blackbirding since I took part in the United Declaration of Human Rights Quilt Project in 2017.  This journey has also opened up greater awareness of the Frontier Wars and has challenged my assumption that Australia had a peaceful settlement.  This art research has been confronting at times as some of this material discusses or depicts violence and abuse, so please be aware that it could trigger physical and/or emotional reactions.  If you would like to discuss any responses you have, please feel free to discuss these with me and I can help you find the support you may need. I am also in the process of setting up a Book Club for those interested in this style of reading so that group support will be available as well. I will continue to add to this list as I learn more. Thank you for joining this important journey into our true history.


A Cruize in a Queensland Labour Vessel in the South Seas by W.E. Giles; edited by Deryck Scarr. First published 1968.

Cannibal Cargoes by Hector Holthouse. First published 1969.

The Forgotten People: A history of the Australian South Sea Island Community (1979); edited by Clive Moore

The South Sea Islanders and the Queensland labour trade by William T. Warn, edited, with an introduction by Peter Corris.  First published 1979.

Why Weren’t We Told; A personal search for the truth about our history by Henry Reynolds (1999), Historian and Activist

Brown Sugar by Nancy Cato (1974)

The Fatal Shore by Robert Hughes (1986)

A Rightful Place; A roadmap to recognition; essays by Noel Pearson, Megan Davis, Jackie Huggins and Rod Little, Damien Freeman and Nolan Hunter, Warren Mundine and Stan Grant.  Edited by Shireen Morris. (2017)

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016)

The Tall Man; Death and Life on Palm Island by Chloe Hooper (2008)

Moment of Truth; History and Australia’s Future by Mark McKenna in Quarterly Essay, Issue 69 2018

Forgotten War by Henry Reynolds (2013)

The Black War; Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania by Nicholas Clements, foreword by Henry Reynolds (2014)

Craftivism; a Manifesto/Methodology by Tal Fitzpatrick (2017)

Dark Emu; Black Seeds; Agriculture or accident? By Bruce Pascoe (2016)

Tracker by Alexis Wright

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Dreaming and Other Essays by W.E.H. Stanner

Boyer Lectures 2012 by Professor Marcia Langton

Bury the Chains by Adam Hochschild

Deep Time Dreaming by Billy Griffiths



from 1901, White Australia: The Kanaka Labour Question.

https://www. janeresture.com/kanakas/




Blackbird by Torres Strait Islander artist Amie Batalisbasi

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