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ZOOM History Bookclub: Truganini

April 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

We are thrilled that Professor Cassandra Pybus, author of our book this month, will be joining our bookclub for a discussion. Start preparing your questions!

Our History Bookclub is not taking COVID-19 lying down and we will be convening through ZOOM. Unfortunately we cannot pour you a glass of red wine through ZOOM but we can still chat. If you would llike to join us – sign up below and we will send you the link.

In normal times the bookclub meets monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm – 7pm at the RHSV and we ponder the big issues and the small over a glass of wine and some cheese. But you can start reading our next book in preparation for the temporary situation of ZOOMing in for discussions:

Truganini Journey through the apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus.

The haunting story of the extraordinary Aboriginal woman behind the myth of ‘the last Tasmanian Aborigine’.

‘For the first time a biographer who treats her with the insight and empathy she deserves. The result is a book of unquestionable national importance.’ – PROFESSOR HENRY REYNOLDS, University of Tasmania

‘At last, a book to give Truganini the proper attention she deserves.’ – GAYE SCULTHORPE, Curator of Oceania, The British MuseumCassandra Pybus’s ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Cassandra didn’t know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne.For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini’s extraordinary story in full.Hardly more than a child, Truganini managed to survive the devastation of the 1820s, when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished. She spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highlands and through barely penetrable forests, with George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary who was collecting the survivors to send them into exile on Flinders Island. She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy – the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania.Cassandra Pybus is an award-winning author and a distinguished historian. She is author of twelve books and has held research professorships at the University of Sydney, Georgetown University in Washington DC, the University of Texas and King’s College London. She is descended from the colonist who received the largest free land grant on Truganini’s traditional country of Bruny Island.
The following bookclub at a time to be determined will be Jill Giese’s award-winning book, The Maddest Place on Earth. 
And on Tuesday 9 June, Brenda Niall’s biography, Mannix.


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April 14
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Royal Historical Society of Victoria
03 9326 9288


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