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The Three Waves Myth

Sir: Nugget Coombs’s portrayal of Australia before Western arrival (“The Three Waves Myth”, November 2018) as “a paradise dominated by the Aborigines, who were living in harmony with nature and one another”, is a glamorised and inaccurate picture that ignores the real situation that existed. Anyone who has read The World of the First Australians by Ronald and Catherine Berndt or Two Sisters, the autographical story of two Aboriginal sisters growing up in the outback and eventually moving into Western civilisation, will have come to the obvious conclusion that until Western civilisation arrived, the Aborigines were living a subsistence existence…

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