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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