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A Wild History: Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier
In 1883, pastoralists began to drive great herds of cattle into the Victoria River District of Australia's Northern Territory. They entered a vast tropical land of big rivers, wide plains, and rugged ranges. It was a cattleman's paradise, but it was also a paradise for the Aboriginal people who had lived there for thousands of years. Each side came to see the other as the ...more
Paperback, 319 pages
Published March 28th 2012 by Monash University Publishing
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The author, Darrell Lewis, is an acknowledged expert in the history of the Victoria River district of Australia's Northern Territory. This book covers the history from the first colonial exploration in 1830 through the turbulent early settlement by colonial sheep and cattle pioneers to the establishment of stable cattle grazing of the early 20th century. This book is well suited to both the general reader and those seeking a more formal study of the history of this region in the century from 183 ...more
An interesting history of an isolated area of Australia. It was great to see the aboriginal people shown in such a positive light. The difficulties of isolation and absentee owners was clearly shown. Maps of the areas are clear and useful. I was left wanting to hop in our 4WD to explore in this area. Thank you for the details from diaries, letters and newspapers Darrell Lewis.