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The Vanished Land: Disappearing Dynasties of Victoria’s Western District by Richard Zachariah Wakefield, 2017, 316 pages, $34.95 Narrapumelap: A Pastoral History by Jennifer F. O’Donnell Published by the author (available from the Royal Historical Society of Victoria), 2018, 141 pages, $30 _______________________________ Local histories used to begin by saying that the XYZ Aboriginal people first inhabited the district. They then disappeared from the story, and pioneering white pastoralists and then councils and dignitaries became the story. Nowadays the author tells us tearfully that the XYZ people were dispossessed, and hints at white pioneer responsibility for this. There might be a…

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