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Truganini : Journey through the apocalypse, Paperback / softback Book

Truganini : Journey through the apocalypse Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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*Winner of the 2021 National Biography Award and shortlisted for the 2020 Queensland Literary Awards*Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s.

As a child, Cassandra didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne. For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine.

But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy.

Now Cassandra has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story in full. Hardly more than a child, Truganini managed to survive the devastation of the 1820s, when the clans of south-eastern Tasmania were all but extinguished.

She spent five years on a journey around Tasmania, across rugged highlands and through barely penetrable forests, with George Augustus Robinson, the self-styled missionary who was collecting the survivors to send them into exile on Flinders Island.

She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy - the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania. Truganini's story is inspiring and haunting - a journey through the apocalypse. 'For the first time a biographer who treats her with the insight and empathy she deserves.

The result is a book of unquestionable national importance.' - PROFESSOR HENRY REYNOLDS, University of Tasmania

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