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Black Founders

The Unknown Story of Australia's First Black Settlers
Author: Pybus, Cassandra
Publisher: UNSW Press

$39.95

In this compelling new book, distinguished historian and writer Cassandra Pybus reveals that black convicts were among our first fleet settlers – a fact which profoundly complicates our understanding of race relations in early colonial Australia. Most of these black founders were originally slaves from America who had sought freedom with the British during the American Revolution only to find themselves abandoned and unemployed in England when the war was over. Pybus’ stories include the notorious runaway ‘Black Caesar’, who became our first bushranger, and the wonderfully subversive Billie Blue, who was the first ferryman on Sydney Harbour, after whom Blues Point is named.

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SKU: 9780868408491 Category: Product ID: 6047

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In this compelling new book, distinguished historian and writer Cassandra Pybus reveals that black convicts were among our first fleet settlers – a fact which profoundly complicates our understanding of race relations in early colonial Australia. Most of these black founders were originally slaves from America who had sought freedom with the British during the American Revolution only to find themselves abandoned and unemployed in England when the war was over. Pybus’ stories include the notorious runaway ‘Black Caesar’, who became our first bushranger, and the wonderfully subversive Billie Blue, who was the first ferryman on Sydney Harbour, after whom Blues Point is named.

Additional information

Weight 0.44 kg
Dimensions 23.4 × 15.2 × 1.5 cm
ISBN

9780868408491

Subtitle

The Unknown Story of Australia's First Black Settlers

Author

Pybus, Cassandra

Publisher

UNSW Press

Release Date

Saturday April 1st, 2006

Format

Paperback / softback

Production page count

232 Pages