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Hidden Histories: Black stories from the Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill stations by Deborah Bird Rose

Reviewed by
September 1991, no. 134
Tim Rowse reviews 'Hidden Histories: Black stories from the Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill stations' by Deborah Bird Rose

Hidden Histories: Black stories from the Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill stations

by Deborah Bird Rose

Aboriginal Studies Press, $22.95, 266pp

Hidden Histories: Black stories from the Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill stations by Deborah Bird Rose

Reviewed by
September 1991, no. 134

If the stories brought together in this book had been arranged according to a chronological narrative, it would go something like this:

Around the middle of the nineteenth century, Aboriginal people in what would later be called the Victoria River country (Northern Territory) were affected by a new disease, smallpox, which came from the north; many succumbed to its hideous embrace. Possibly, the decimation of some families intensified endemic skirmishing among neighbouring peoples, and deaths created opportunities for territorial expansion and problems of orderly succession to country.

Tim Rowse reviews 'Hidden Histories: Black stories from the Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill stations' by Deborah Bird Rose

Hidden Histories: Black stories from the Victoria River Downs, Humbert River and Wave Hill stations

by Deborah Bird Rose

Aboriginal Studies Press, $22.95, 266pp

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