By Inga Clendinnen

Winner, Kiriyama Prize for Non-Fiction; NSW Premier's Literary Award; and

Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, most sensible historical past ebook, 2004.

In January 1788 the 1st Fleet arrived in New South Wales and 1000 British women and men, a few of them convicts and a few of them unfastened, encountered the folks who will be their new neighbours-the seashore nomads of Australia.

Clendinnen deals a clean interpreting of news, letters and journals of the 1st British settlers in Australia. She reconstructs the tough route to friendship and conciliation pursued by way of Arthur Phillip and the neighborhood chief 'Bennelong' (Baneelon); after which lines the painful destruction of that hard-won friendship as profound cultural alterations asserted themselves.

This severely acclaimed and award-winning paintings will switch the best way we expect approximately how Australia got here into being and the way our heritage is formed.

'A masterful ebook, elegantly conceived and written with narrative brilliance. Clendinnen is witty, incisively poetic and fallacious with humanity.' Age

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