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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780868408491
ISBN-10: 0868408492
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 232
Imprint: UNSW Press
Publisher: UNSW Press
Publish Date: 1-Apr-2006
Country of Publication: Australia


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