Strangers in a Foreign Land
The Journal of Neil Black and Other Voices from the Western District
By (author) Maggie MacKellar
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Strangers in a Foreign Land by Maggie MacKellar
Book DescriptionWhen Niel Black, one of the most influential settlers of the Western District of Victoria, stepped onto the sand at Port Phillip Bay in 1839 and declared Melbourne to be 'almost altogether a Scotch settlement', he was paying the newly created outpost of the British Empire his highest compliment. His journal, reproduced here in its entirety, provides rare insight into the realities of early settlement in Victoria, detailing experiences of personal hardship and physical danger as well as the potential for accumulating great wealth and success. Drawing on the extensive collections of the State Library of Victoria, Strangers in a Foreign Land also includes glimpses into the lives of other settlers and the indigenous people of the area. It evokes the sense of place and dislocation that the early settlers encountered, and the hopes and anxieties they carried with them as they created new homes in Australia.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780522855128
(197mm x 132mm x 20mm)
Imprint: The Miegunyah Press
Publisher: Melbourne University Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2008
Country of Publication: Australia
Books By Author Maggie MacKellar
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Written in lyrical, haunting prose, When it Rains is not only a meditation on grief and the vagaries of the human condition, it is a triumphant story of piecing back a life and a family, and moving forward, one step at a time.
Core of My Heart, My Country, Paperback (September 2004)» View all books by Maggie MacKellar
Tells the stories of women who ventured out in bonnets and petticoats to collect seeds, who abandoned sidesaddles to ride in the mountains, who risked their reputations to climb mountains. This work tells of the risky business of women who put their lives on the page to claim the importance of their experience.
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Author Biography - Maggie MacKellar
Maggie MacKellar was born in 1973. She has published two books on the history of settlement in Australia and Canada. She now lives in central western New South Wales with her two children.
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