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The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World, by Robert Kenny

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World,

by Robert Kenny;

Scribe, 2007, $39.95.

This book is a study of the early days of white grazing occupation in the Wimmera district of north-western Victoria, especially using the experience of Nathanael Pepper, one of the early Aboriginal converts to Christianity and a hope for the emergence of a “native church”.

In the mid-1840s, the pioneer squatter Horatio Ellerman had shot the mother of another future convert dead. The limited record suggests it was probably a retaliatory raid on the Aborigines for taking sheep, with angry, boisterous squatters firing off guns, intending to frighten. Ellerman, presumably contrite, later adopted the lad, found religion himself and eventually gave up the fleece for the cloth to become a Presbyterian minister in the district.

The Lamb Enters the Dreaming: Nathanael Pepper and the Ruptured World, by Robert Kenny; Scribe, 2007, $39.95. This book is a study of the early days of white grazing occupation in the Wimmera district of north-western Victoria, especially using the experience of Nathanael Pepper, one of the early Aboriginal converts to Christianity and a hope for the emergence of a “native church”. In the mid-1840s, the pioneer squatter Horatio Ellerman had shot the mother of another future convert dead. The limited record suggests it was probably a retaliatory raid on the Aborigines for taking sheep, with angry, boisterous squatters firing…

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