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Learning to see Sydney’s Indigenous past: Book review of 'Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydne'


Taylor, R, Learning to see Sydney's Indigenous past: Book review of 'Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydne', History Australia, 15, (3) pp. 630-632. ISSN 1449-0854 (2018) [Review Single Work]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/14490854.2018.1532276


In the 1990s, Paul Irish was studying archaeology in Sydney. He walked to university every day, passing through the inner-city suburb of Redfern and its well-known Indigenous settlement, The Block. But Irish didn’t make any connection between the people he saw at The Block and Sydney’s Indigenous past. He assumed the residents had all come from elsewhere and that they were not ‘real’ Aborigines. Irish believed he was studying ‘real’ Aboriginal culture at university, which belonged to times and places far from modern Sydney. Like most Sydneysiders, Irish had grown up believing the Indigenous people of his city had all ‘died out or disappeared’. This was not just popular narrative; it was echoed in history books.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:Indigenous history, New South Wales
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:Taylor, R (Dr Rebe Taylor)
ID Code:135744
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2019-11-12
Last Modified:2019-11-13

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