Alan Atkinson reviews 'The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788–1817' by Stephen Gapps

Alan Atkinson reviews 'The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788–1817' by Stephen Gapps

The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788–1817

by Stephen Gapps

NewSouth, $34.99 pb, 432 pp, 9781742232140

The Uluru Statement from the Heart, in May 2017, might not have had much resonance with the federal government. However, it coincides with a new phase of writing and research that helps to round out its long-term significance and impact. Mark McKenna has expanded on the importance of the Uluru Statement in the March 2018 Quarterly Essay (Moment of Truth). He points out that, among other things, this remarkable document is partly an appeal for truth telling about the past, as a fundamental means to reconciliation, and his essay includes examples of the way that is already happening.

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Published in August 2018, no. 403
Alan Atkinson

Alan Atkinson

Alan Atkinson is currently attached to the University of Sydney, where he is Senior Tutor at St Paul’s College. The third and final volume of his book, The Europeans in Australia, won the Victorian Prize for Literature 2015, and has been shortlisted in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and for the Ernest Scott Prize. He is also the author of Camden and The Commonwealth of Speech.