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People of the River


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Table of Contents


Part I Deep Country
1 Old land, first people
2 Dyarubbin

Part II Frontiers
3 The great experiment
4 Contact and crossings
5 Conflict: given no peace

Part III New Old Land
6 Forests and clearings
7 Farming in the bush
8 Floods and flood-mindedness
9 Commoners and strangers

Part IV People of the River
10 Family fortunes
11 Family survival
12 The people's pleasures
13 Transforming cultures
14 Sacred landscapes
15 Sacred Country

List of abbreviations used in the notes

About the Author

Grace Karskens is author of The Colony, winner of the 2010 Prime Minister's Non-fiction Award, and of The Rocks, winner of the 1998 NSW Premier's History Award. She is Professor of History at the University of New South Wales and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.


'Superbly researched and compellingly written' - Australian Financial Review

'A pleasure to read... This book brings into view stories of lives that were not just forgotten but have been deliberately obscured.' - Heather Goodall, Australian Historical Studies

'Reading People of the River was like attending an extended master class. Karskens literally writes her way into the country.' - Mark McKenna, History Australia

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