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Coranderrk

We Will Show the Country

Giordano Nanni & Andrea James

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The Aboriginal people of Coranderrk reserve in central Victoria waged a sustained campaign for justice, land rights and self-determination in colonial Australia. Despite having created an read more

The Aboriginal people of Coranderrk reserve in central Victoria waged a sustained campaign for justice, land rights and self-determination in colonial Australia. Despite having created an award-winning farm they were targeted for removal. Their lobbying of government, with their white supporters, triggered a Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881.

Coranderrk: We will show the country derives from a verbatim-theatre performance where professional actors brought to life the Inquiry's witnesses.

In Coranderrk their powerful petitioning, including the renowned William Barak, can be read alongside that of their non-Aboriginal allies, as well as the Aboriginal Protection Board and greedy local pastoralists who wanted them removed.

Coranderrk includes a historical introduction, biographies of the witnesses, and a range of historical images and stills from a theatrical production.

Production Details
  • Paperback
  • 230mm x 188mm x 15mm
  • 176pp
  • Released October 2013
  • ISBN 9781922059390
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About The Author

Giordano Nanni is a writer, historian and Senior Research Fellow in the School of Social & Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne.

Andrea James is a Yorta Yorta/Kurnai playwright, director and theatre maker specialising in the development and presentation of Aboriginal Arts and Culture.


About The Cover

Front cover: (Upper image) Actors Melodie Reynolds

(Left) Uncle Jack Charles, Peter Finaly & Liz Jones (centre); and Tom Long (right) performing Coranderrk. Photos by Steven Rhall and the MOE project. (Lower image) The Coranderrk men on a deputation into Melbourne (1886). Source: the State Library of Victoria, H141267

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