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The native-born : the first white Australians /
John Molony.
imprint
Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2000.
description
xi, 252 p. : ill., maps ; 23 cm.
ISBN
0522849032
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imprint
Carlton South, Vic. : Melbourne University Press, 2000.
isbn
0522849032
catalogue key
4559503
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 230-241) and index.
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"A work of passion and of professional seniority." The Weekend Australian
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Main Description
Detailed account of the first white people to be born in Australia - the children of convicts, soldiers and free settlers. Is designed to appeal to both historians and general readers interested in Australian history. Includes illustrations, notes, bibliography and index. Author is a noted academic historian and has held chairs in Australian history within Australia and overseas.
Main Description
The native-born . . . have walked constantly with me, but only as shadows. In libraries and manuscript rooms, in the faded pages of newspapers and journals, in the lectures of my colleagues or conversations with others, they have been there, but shyly, and rarely did they speak for themselves. Often I thought that they scarcely knew who they were and, if they did, whether they were allowed to know they were Australians and whether they were ever encouraged by those born elsewhere to think of themselves as Australians. This beautifully written, absorbing and thoughtful book tells the story of the first white Australians to be born in this land. Born here before 1850, most were the children of convicts. They had no access to land and no education, and the free settlers generally treated them with contempt, as second-rate citizens. John Molony was curious to discover how they thought of themselves what it meant to them to be Australian. He draws fascinating links between their experience and atitudes and those of all children of immigrant parents up to the present day.
Main Description
This beautifully written, absorbing and thoughtful book tells the story of the first white Australians. Born before 1850. Most were the children of convicts. They had no access to land and no education, and free settlers generally treated them with contempt, as second-rate citizens.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements
Introductionp. 1
'I am an Australian'p. 11
The Making of the Native-Bornp. 38
The Life of the 'Lower Orders'p. 66
'Fixed to the Soil'p. 93
Critics and Cricketersp. 121
'Germs of a Wild Democracy'p. 148
A Republic of the Freep. 178
Epiloguep. 211
Notesp. 214
Bibliographyp. 230
Indexp. 242
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