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Reynolds, H, Foreword, The Secret River, Currency Press Pty Ltd, K Grenville and A Bovell (ed), Australia, pp. vii-xii. ISBN 9781925005004 (2013) [Other Book Chapter]


It was while walking over Sydney Harbour Bridge that Kate Grenville experienced the epiphany which led to the writing of her novel The Secret River. She took part in the great procession for reconciliation on Sunday, 28 May 2000. She caught the eye ofa young Aboriginal woman who was watching the marchers file past. They exchanged smiles. At the time Kate was thinking about her ancestor, Solomon Wiseman, about whom there was a living tradition of oral history and which took her family's historical memory back to the first generation of European settlement. She wondered if Wiseman had ever known the ancestors of the Aboriginal woman. What seemed even more significant was that the fleeting encounter took place directly above the likely location of Wiseman's disembarkation from the convict transport in 1806.

Item Details

Item Type:Other Book Chapter
Keywords:Aboriginal, history, Australia, Kate Grenville, The Secret River
Research Division:Indigenous Studies
Research Group:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history
Research Field:Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Reynolds, H (Professor Henry Reynolds)
ID Code:121199
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-09-14
Last Modified:2017-09-14

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