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Books at the Brewery - Cassandra Pybus

Author of the bestselling book Truganini, Cassandra Pybus has uncovered one of the darkest and best kept secrets in Australian colonial history.

Join us to for a Reconciliation Week Books at the Brewery event with one of the most highly-regarded historians and writers in Australia as our guest and with Cate Kennedy as interlocutor.

'Truth-telling is every Australian's responsibility. Reading this book will help you to walk with us.' - Thomas Mayo

'A deeply ethical, and deeply disturbing, historical reckoning - a model of truth-telling for white Australians. In spell-binding prose, Cassandra Pybus reveals the continuing legacies of colonial dispossession ...' - Professor Warwick Anderson

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About the Book:


In the nineteenth century, collectors and museum curators in Europe were fascinated by the antipodean colony of Tasmania. They cultivated contacts in the colony who could supply them with exotic specimens, including skeletons of the thylacine and the platypus. But they were not just interested in animals and plants. The belief that the original people of the colony were an utterly unique race and facing possible extinction had the European scientific community scrambling for human exhibits.

Many eminent colonial figures were involved in this clandestine trade, among them four colonial governors, several key politicians and even Lady Jane Franklin. In Britain, Sir Joseph Banks, the Duke of Newcastle and Professor Thomas Huxley were among many eminent men who solicited human specimens from the colony. Worse still, the men responsible for the care and protection of the few original people who had survived the ravages of disease and the infamous Black Wars were prominent in the trade.


Cassandra Pybus is an award-winning author and a distinguished historian who has held research professorships at the University of Sydney, Georgetown University in Washington DC, the University of Texas and King's College London. She is descended from a colonist who received the largest free land grant on Truganini's traditional country of Bruny Island

Date:     Monday May 27  2024 

Time:     6 00pm for a 6 30pm start and  8 00pm finish (including signing) 

Venue:   Shedshaker Brewery, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine 3450

Cost:      $15

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