This Whispering in Our Hearts

Author(s): Henry Reynolds


Shortlisted, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 1998 ..Shortlisted, Individual Category, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards 1998..Highly Commended, Human Rights Award in Arts Non-Fiction, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 1998..'How is it our minds are not satisfied?. What means this whispering in the bottom of our hearts?'.. So ended a public lecture given in 1842 by prominent Sydney barrister, Richard Windeyer. The lecture was meant to be a reasoned demolition of the rights of Australia's original inhabitants. But it ended with a question, acknowledgement of a troubled conscience...Henry Reynolds has listened to this whisper, this disquiet. It has led him into the lives of remarkable and largely forgotten people who followed their consciences, at great personal cost. From these lives, This Whispering in Our Hearts constructs a different history of Australia, seen through the eyes of those who said no, those whose legacy is so important in the current debate about this country's future...The story begins with Australia's first punitive expedition in December 1790 and the first clash of conscience about the use of violence which took place between Governor Arthur Phillip and Lieutenant William Dawes. It ends on the eve of World War II with humanitarian reformers like Mary Bennett still expressing deep anger about the condition of the Aborigines and the attitudes of white Australia.

Allen and Unwin, 1998. A paperback copy in very good condition only marked by a previous owners name sticker to the front page.


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Shortlisted, Individual Category, Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Awards 1998Highly Commended, Human Rights Award in Arts Non-Fiction, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission 1998Shortlisted, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-

Commended for Human Rights & Equal Opportunities Commission Human Rights Award (Non-Fiction Category) 1998. Shortlisted for Centre for Australian Cultural Studies National Award 1998 and Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction 1998.

Henry Reynolds is one of Australia's most influential and widely-read historians. Since the publication of The Other Side of the Frontier in 1981 he has profoundly changed the way in which we understand the history of relations between indigenous Australians and the European settlers. His research played a major part in the political and legal milestones, the Mabo and Wik judgements. His study of the Black War in Tasmania Fate of a Free People was joint winner of the 1997 Australian Book Council Award for non-fiction. He was the historical consultant for the ABC's acclaimed TV documentary series Frontier.

Acknowledgements..Introduction..I The Concerns of Gentlemen..II Missionaries and Protectors..III A Reasonable Share in the Soil..IV Great Displeasure..V Agitation Against Assassination..VI The Crusader of the Queenslander..VII John Gribble Goes West..VIII Two Unlikely Agitators..IX Modern Massacre..X The Caledon Bay Affair..XI Agitation and Reform..Conclusion..Endnotes..Bibliography..Index

General Fields

  • : 9781864485813
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : Allen & Unwin
  • : 0.275
  • : April 1998
  • : 195mm X 130mm X 21mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : bibliog , index
  • : 304
  • : very good
  • : 994
  • : en
  • : Paperback
  • : Henry Reynolds