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Black Founders: The unknown story of Australia's first black settlers


Pybus, C, Black Founders: The unknown story of Australia's first black settlers, UNSW Press, Sydney, pp. 222. ISBN 0868408492 (2006) [Authored Research Book]

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In this compelling new book, distinguished historian and writer Cassandra Pybus reveals that black convicts were among our first fleet settlers – a fact which profoundly complicates our understanding of race relations in early colonial Australia. Most of these black founders were originally slaves from America who had sought freedom with the British during the American Revolution only to find themselves abandoned and unemployed in England when the war was over. Pybus stories include the notorious runaway ‘Black Caesar’, who became our first bushranger, and the wonderfully subversive Billie Blue, who was the first ferryman on Sydney Harbour, after whom Blues Point is named.

Item Details

Item Type:Authored Research Book
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Pybus, C (Professor Cassandra Pybus)
ID Code:41527
Year Published:2006
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2010-08-03

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