Aboriginal Australia: An Introductory Reader in Aboriginal Studies

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Colin Bourke, Eleanor Bourke, William Howell Edwards
Macmillan, 1998 - History - 293 pages
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Aboriginal Australiapresents selected themes that relate to indigenous Australians against a background of traditional, colonial and contemporary experiences. Particular facets of the lives of Aboriginal Australians are revealed through an examination of their struggle to maintain a strong identity and heritage while actively participating in Australian society. Reflected throughout the work is how this process enriches the Australian community as a whole. This new, fully revised and corrected edition gives an up-to-date account of recent events of significance for the indigenous people of Australia. It takes account of Mabo, the momentous Native Title decision of the High Court to overturn the concept of terra nulliusand recognise pre-colonial occupation of Australia, including property rights.

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New Images of Aboriginal History
Identity and Population
One Land
Living the Dreaming
Family and Kinship
Our Heritage
Aborigines and the Environment
The Search for Relevance
An Holistic Approach
Independence or Welfare
Interpreting Reality
Selfdetermination and the Struggle for Aboriginal Equality

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About the author (1998)

David Dyergrew up in a coastal town in NSW, Australia, and graduated as dux of his high school in 1984. After commencing a degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Sydney, he soon decided it was not for him.

David went on to train as a ship's officer at the Australian Maritime College, travelling Australia and the world in a wide range of merchant ships. He graduated from the college with distinction and was awarded a number of prizes, including the Company of Master Mariners Award for highest overall achievement in the course. He then returned to the University of Sydney to complete a combined degree in Arts and Law. David was awarded the Frank Albert Prize for first place in Music I, High Distinctions in all English courses and First Class Honours in Law. From the mid-1990s until early 2000s David worked as a litigation lawyer in Sydney, and then in London at a legal practice whose parent firm represented the Titanic's owners back in 1912. In 2002 David returned to Australia and obtained a Diploma in Education from the University of New England, and commenced teaching English at Kambala, a school for girls in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

David has had a life-long obsession with the Titanic and has become an expert on the subject. In 2009 he was awarded a Commonwealth Government scholarship to write The Midni

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