One of the first sustained campaigns for justice, land rights and self-determination in colonial Australia was undertaken by the Aboriginal people of the Coranderrk reserve in central Victoria. Despite having created an award-winning farm they were targeted for removal to make way for white settlement. As skilled communicators and negotiators, they responded by lobbying the government, in alliance with their white supporters, and succeeded in triggering a Parliamentary Inquiry in 1881. Coranderrk: We will show the country derives from a unique verbatim-theatre performance where professional actors brought to life the witnesses who gave evidence before the 1881 Coranderrk Inquiry. Rescued from dusty archives, and including renowned Wurundjeri leader, William Barak, those witnesses continue to speak to contemporary audiences. Here, their powerful petitioning can be read alongside that of their non-Aboriginal allies, and those who would move them off their land. Supplementing the verbatim script of the performance, the book includes a historical introduction, biographies of the witnesses, and a range of historical images and stills from the ILBIJERRI Theatre Company's production. Coranderrk: We will show the country celebrates the spirit of collaboration between black and white in pursuit of justice, and offers an engaging way to learn about our past - and to think about our future.
|Author||Nanni, Giordano, author|
|Other Authors/Contributors||James, Andrea, author.|
|First Published||2013 by Aboriginal Studies Press|
|Please Note||Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are respectfully advised that this book contains images and words of deceased persons, and images of places, which could cause sorrow.|
|Book Type||Paper Back|