Australia Day 2016 – a short book review

Australia Day 2016 – a short book review

The 1980s was the beginning of my relationship with Australia. Think the Expo 88 event, a national celebration of 200 years since white man invasion.

I grew up in a remote farming community.  We didn’t do much travel, or connect with people outside of our community. Images like this one above played a big role in establishing what Australia was in my pre-teen mind!

It was in my 20s when I came across writers like Patrick White with his incredible novel Voss, that my journey into Australian history started. Suddenly the iconic tea towel images of Australia was unreliable. I grew an awareness of the hidden stories of Australia. I was turned upside down with passages like:

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“The map? I will first make it.”

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Other significant books include the Secret River by Kate Grenville.

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“There were no signs that the blacks felt that the place belonged to them. They had no fences that said this is mine. No house that said, this is our home. There were no fields or flocks that said, we have put the labour of our hands into this place.”

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By reading stories, some with very painful truths of Australian history, I found the possibility for me to explore the Australian identity. My late 20s and 30s where dedicated to making space for art making for me and others.

I am currently reading Alex Millers collection of short essays called “The Simplest Words”. He has a great list of indigenous writers. I am looking forward to putting on reserve at my local library and reading this year.

Happy Australia Day.  Love to hear about the books that connect you to Australia.

2016-01-25T10:16:29+00:00 January 25th, 2016|Categories: Community|Tags: , , , , , |