How will these resources help you?
Colonial-era attitudes that allowed British settlers to perceive indigenous people as ‘vermin’ to be exterminated from settled land mean that teaching of the subject requires sensitivity. The sometimes-aggressive behaviour of indigenous men towards women and children was seen by white settlers as further evidence of ‘savagery’ regardless of the settlers own violent behaviour towards women and children. These recommendations will give you the information you need to approach the topic with confidence.
The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia
by Bill Gammage, published by Allen and Unwin, (2012), 9781743311325
Aboriginal Australians: A history since 1788
by Richard Broome, published by Allen & Unwin, (2019), 9781760528218
Pig Bites Baby! Stories from Australia’s First Newspaper
by Michael Connor, published by Duffy and Snellgrove, (2004), 9781876631888
The Fatal Shore
by Robert Hughes, published by Vintage, (2003), 9780099448549
Text © Paul Dowsell, 2020.