The Sydney Success Story

Hidden in Plain View: The Aboriginal People of Coastal Sydney by Paul Irish NewSouth, 2017, 240 pages, $34.99 ____________________________________________ One conclusion from reading this good, concise history of the Aboriginal people of the Sydney coastal region is that white settlement from 1788 was a great success. Archaeologist and historian Paul Irish shows descendants of the local Aborigines still living there and remembering some of their family history and old culture. “They did not go away,” he says. Nor were they “forced off”, other than by land development. This is a false charge ignorant commentators on white settlement often make about…

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