1835: The Founding of Melbourne and the Conquest of Australia

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Schwartz Publishing Pty, Limited, 2011 - History - 272 pages
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With the founding of Melbourne in 1835, a flood of settlers began spreading out across the Australian continent. In three years more land - and more people - were conquered than in the preceding fifty. In 1835 James Boyce brings this pivotal moment to life. He traces the power plays in Hobart, Sydney and London, and describes the key personalities of Melbourne's early days. He conjures up the Australian frontier - its complexity, its rawness and the way its legacy is still with us today. And he asks the poignant question largely ignored for 175 years; could it have been different? With his first book, VAN DIEMEN'S LAND Boyce introduced an utterly fresh approach to the nation's history. 'In re-imagining Australia's past,' Richard Flanagan wrote, 'it invents a new future.' 1835 continues this untold story.

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Boyce challenges the view that the 1835 pastoral land grab which caused the death of a large proportion of Port Phillip Aboriginals was caused by 'inevitable market forces' or evil and degraded ... Read full review

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In many ways this book is companion of James Boyce's book Van Diemens Land. It deals with the absolute arrogance and greed for land by the invading first settlers of south east mainland Australia, in what is now Victoria. The aboriginal people were duped and mislead into believing they would not be displaced from their land, but of course the opposite was exactly what happened and did so with the connivance of the governors of Van Diemens Land and New South Wales. It is hard not to feel very grieved for the appalling treatment of the local aboriginal communities. 

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