Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope [NOOK Book]

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What is it about the Northern Territory that fascinates?
I have only to mention it’s name in conversation and people turn to listen.
Why, for 180 years, has it drawn people from all over to come, stay longer than they imagined and, often, never leave?
This book is a memoir of a family's life in a remote aboriginal community, in Australia's Northern ...

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Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope

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Overview

What is it about the Northern Territory that fascinates?
I have only to mention it’s name in conversation and people turn to listen.
Why, for 180 years, has it drawn people from all over to come, stay longer than they imagined and, often, never leave?
This book is a memoir of a family's life in a remote aboriginal community, in Australia's Northern Territory, something the equivalent of remote Canada or Alaska, where few people go.

The place Oenpelli,(now Gunbalanya) is near Kadadu National Park, made famous in Crocodile Dundee.

This story tells of changing world as a missionary family and an aboriginal community become part of modern Australia
This our family's story, growing amongst the people, animals and places and colours of this this strange land, alongside an aboriginal community going through its own changes; citizenship, alcohol, uranium mining, land rights, outstation development, and community self management.

It is a memoir of growing up in one of the most isolated parts of Australia - in a small aboriginal missionary community in the Northern Territory, something the equivalent of the remote Canada or Alaska. It is the landscape featured in the movie Crocodile Dundee.

It tells of the huge change in this place in the last half century with the coming of land rights and aboriginal self determination. It also tells of my mother and fathers lives and Christian beliefs which motivated their contribution to this change.

It is a story of my memories and love for this remote and beautiful place, in which I lived as a child then worked as an adult and of many NT characters who gave me the memories.It is also the story of me working as an adult across many parts of the NT and about the hardy, outlandish characters that inhabit this place.

It also tells of my own experience of surviving attack by a large crocodile in a remote swamp

It also provides a foundation for my novels in the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series. The places in these books are the places in which I lived and worked and many of the stories came little changed from people I knew. In particular my experience in surviving a crocodile attack of a large saltwater crocodile, which mauled my leg as told in this book forms part of the central role of the crocodile as a predator in this novel series.

The role of my father in opening road transport including building a crossing of the East Alligator River, developing outstations for aboriginal communities, learning to fly on missionary wages and establishing an aviation service along with assisting the aboriginal peoples of this land to gain royalties from mining is a story that deserves to be told as a major part of NT history. Along with his tireless work the contribution of many others is also an essential part of the story.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781291624359
  • Publisher: Lulu.com
  • Publication date: 11/9/2013
  • Sold by: LULU PRESS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 33,142
  • File size: 643 KB

Meet the Author

Graham Wilson lives in Sydney Australia. He has completed and published six books, published by Smashwords.

The first, a novel called "The Old Balmain House" is based on an old a weatherboard cottage in Sydney where he lived. Here a photo was discovered of a small girl who lived and died about 100 years ago.

The book imagines the story of her life and family, based in the real Balmain, an early inner Sydney suburb, with it's real locatons and and historical events providing part of the story background..

The second novel in this series, Lizzie's Tale" builds on "The Old Balmain House" setting, It is the story of a working class teenage girl who lives in this same house in the 1950s and 1960s, It tells of how she becomes pregnant she is determined not to surrender her baby for adoption, and her struggle to survive in this unforgiving society.

Graham has also written a family memoir "Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope." It tells of his childhood in an aboriginal community in remote Arnhem Land, in Australia's Northern Territory, one of its last frontiers. It tells of the people, danger and beauty of this place, and of its transformation over the last half century with the coming of aboriginal rights and the discovery or uranium. It also tells of his surviving an attack by a large crocodile.

He has also written the first three of a series of five novels based in Outback Australia, called the Crocodile Spirit Dreaming Series. The first novel "Just Visiting." tells the story of an English backpacker who visits the Northern Territory and becomes captivated and in great danger from a man who loves crocodiles. The second book in the series, "The Diary" follows the consequences of the first book based around the discovery of this man's remains and his diary and the main character being placed on trial for murder. The third book, "The Empty Place" is about the struggle of the main character to retain her sanity in jail while her family and friends desperately try to find out what really happened on that fateful day before it is too late. Two further books in 2015 will conclude this series, "The Lost Girls" and "Where Sunlit Shadows Dance."

Graham is in the early stages of planning a memoir about his family's connections with Ireland called "Memories Only Remain"

In his non writing life he is a wildlife veterinarian working with zoo animals and on national parks.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2015

    Fantastic true story

    Fantastic true story

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  • Posted April 1, 2015

    Fascinating story of life in remote part of Australia, and the i

    Fascinating story of life in remote part of Australia, and the information about the development of these aboriginal community including getting royalties for mining is so understated but  important. 
    Well worth a read by people who want to understand some of the challenges and contradictions of aboriginal development but also a great story of the characters of this place

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