A legendary leader's dramatic life and violent death on the colonial frontier

Libby Connors
AUD $32.99

The fascinating story of one of the great Aboriginal resistance fighters of the colonial frontier and a compelling portrait of life in early Brisbane.

Winner of the 2015 Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significance
Winner of the 2016 Magarey Medal for Biography

'Connors lays down the hard truth. Not all our warriors were Anzacs. Not all our wars were just.' - John Birmingham, author and columnist

In the 1840s, white settlement in the north was under attack. European settlers were in awe of Aboriginal physical fitness and fighting prowess, and a series of deadly raids on homesteads made even the townspeople of Brisbane anxious.

Young warrior Dundalli was renowned for his size and strength, and his elders gave him the task of leading the resistance against the Europeans' ever increasing incursions on their traditional lands. Their response was embedded in Aboriginal law and Dundalli became one of their greatest lawmen. With his band of warriors, he had the settlers in thrall for twelve years, evading capture again and again, until he was finally arrested and publicly executed.

Warrior is the extraordinary story of one of Australia's little-known heroes, one of many Aboriginal men to die protecting their country. It is also a fresh and compelling portrait of life in the early days of white settlement of Brisbane and south east Queensland.

'An enduring record of one of our greatest heroes.' - Sam Watson, activist and writer

'Deeply considered and powerfully told, this book recovers the entangled history of Aboriginal people and settlers in colonial Queensland, a history which is also Australia's story writ large.' - Associate Professor Grace Karskens, University of NSW

Author bio:

Libby Connors is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Southern Queensland. She is author of Australia's Frontline and co-author of A History of the Australian Environment Movement.

Category: Cultural studies
ISBN: 9781760110482
Awards: Winner ANZLHS Annual Prize in Legal History 2016 AU; Winner Magarey Medal for Biography, Australian Historical Society Awards 2016 AU; Short-listed Australian Society of Authors, Asher Award 2015 AU; Winner Queensland Premier's Award for a work of State Significence 2015 AU
Table Of Contents: Preface

Prologue: The public hanging

1 Growing up in the Blackall Range

2 The young negotiator: Trade and diplomacy to March 1842

3 The Great Toors of 1842-43: The Bora men change strategy

4 The attack on Gregor's station

5 White politics and black politics

6 Attempts at conciliation

7 The feud continues: Capture, trial, aftermath

Epilogue: Remembering Dundalli




Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Imprint: Allen & Unwin
Pub Date: April 2015
Page Extent: 280
Format: Paperback - C format
Age: 0 - 0
Subject: Indigenous peoples