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The Aboriginal story of Burke and Wills: forgotten narratives

Edited by Ian D Clark and Fred Cahir
Published by CSIRO Publishing with assistance from the State Library of Victoria
Hardback 336pp Illustrated ISBN 9780643108080

This book offers a reinterpretation of the literature surrounding Burke and Wills. It draws on official correspondence, expedition journals and diaries, visual art and archaeological and linguistic research and complements this with references to Aboriginal oral histories and social memory.

One of the book's themes is the contrast between the skills, perceptions and knowledge of the Indigenous people and those of the new arrivals – and the extent to which this affected the outcome of the expedition.

This volume is generously illustrated with historical photographs and line drawings, and includes contributions from 15 writers.

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