Although our book club is very new we have set an extremely high bar in that we've had great discussions with the authors every time. And June will be no different. Our choice for June is Richard Broome's Aboriginal Victorians and we are delighted that Richard has agreed to join us. This book is a fascinating and sometimes horrifying story of Aborigines in Victoria since white settlement, from one of Australia's leading historians. Early settlers saw Victoria and its rolling grasslands as Australia felix happy south land a prize left for Englishmen by God. However, for its original inhabitants this country was home and life, not to be relinquished without a fierce struggle.
ZOOM BOOKCLUB: Brenda Niall’s Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers: Barbara Baynton, Ethel Turner, Nettie Palmer, Henry Handel Richardson
Four Australian women writing in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries—a time when stories of bush heroism and mateship abounded, a time when a writing career might be an elusive thing for a woman. Friends and Rivals is a vivid and engaging account of the intersecting and entwined lives of Ethel Turner, author of the much loved Seven Little Australians, Barbara Baynton, who wrote of the harshness of bush life, Nettie Palmer, essayist and critic, and Henry Handel Richardson, of The Getting…