Luke Slattery reviews 'Australians, Volume 3' by Thomas Keneally

Luke Slattery reviews 'Australians, Volume 3' by Thomas Keneally


by by Thomas Keneally

Allen & Unwin, $49.99 hb, 675 pp, 9781742374536

The European settlement of Australia, the colony’s earliest years, its expansion into, and alienation of, lands inhabited for millennia by the first Australians: these are the great and abiding themes of the Australian story. Together with the rather overdone nationalist narratives of war rekindled each and every Anzac Day, they are the focal points of popular historical memory. As a result, most Australians know a little about the First Fleet, the continent’s charting and exploration, the tragedy of first contact, and the heroic lost cause of Gallipoli.

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Published in March 2015, no. 369

Luke Slattery

Luke Slattery is a Sydney-based author and journalist. His most recent book is The First Dismissal (Penguin, 2014).