Far from Home: Aboriginal Prisoners of Rottnest Island, 1838-1931

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Far From Home identifies more than 3,600 Aboriginal Prisoners who served time on Rottnest Island. Some were associated with historic events such as the battle of Pinjarra (1834), the Flying Foam massacre (1868), the jandamarra uprising in the Kimberley (1892-94) and the Forrest River massacre (1926). Some traveled with the explorers John Forrest and Francis Gregory, and others, while on parole, served on the frontiers as police assistants, pearl divers and guides for the ...
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Overview

Far From Home identifies more than 3,600 Aboriginal Prisoners who served time on Rottnest Island. Some were associated with historic events such as the battle of Pinjarra (1834), the Flying Foam massacre (1868), the jandamarra uprising in the Kimberley (1892-94) and the Forrest River massacre (1926). Some traveled with the explorers John Forrest and Francis Gregory, and others, while on parole, served on the frontiers as police assistants, pearl divers and guides for the telegraph surveys.

Accompanying the biographical listing of prisoners is a historical account of the Rottnest establishment and prison life, describing the experiences of men who were separated from their families and sent to a cold and dreary island off the coast of Western Australia. For more than 350 it was a one-way journey, and today, denied the recognition they deserve, they lie in unmarked graves far from home.

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Over a period of almost 100 years, at least 3,670 Aboriginal men went to the prison on the cold and dreary island of Rottnest, off the coast of Western Australia. An historical account of the prison is followed by alphabetically arranged entries for all of the Aborigines detained. Entries include biographical information on where the prisoners lived before sentencing, the charges against them, and the dates when they were admitted and dismissed. The tenth volume of the Dictionary of Western Australians. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781875560929
  • Publisher: University of Western Australia Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1995
  • Series: Dictionary of Western Australians Series
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.40 (d)

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