Half a Good Story

Boodgery: First Contact in the Mid-Murray, 1820 to 1860 by John Lay Not So Shabby Books, 2016, 132 pages, $25 _________________________________ Frontier conflict between Aborigines and incoming white grazing parties is one of the great and deservedly concerning issues of Australian history. This little book is a good contribution, as a study of frontier days in one district. It is important to look at first contact locally, as striving for a grand national narrative can be misleading. However, for a portrait of an era, the book suffers from an excessive emphasis on shooting and that other fashionable tendency, loftiness about…

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