Sunday 21st July 2019
36 Fraser St Clunes VIC 3370

Author Fred Cahir

Chair  Neil Boyack

The books title “My Country all gone – the white men have stolen it” is a provocative one that does not pull its punches. The writer, Associate Professor Fred Cahir, is a historian from Federation University. Using the invader’s own words taken from diaries, official records and letters, he presents a challenging history of the colonial invader’s interactions and relations with the First Nation’s people in the Moorabool, Geelong and Ballarat region – the Wadawurrung. Fred noted that “My Country all gone” is a culmination of thirty years archival research that chronicles the three waves of invasion in our region from 1800 to1870 by the ngamadjidj – the white strangers from the sea.  

While Cahir’s book reveals how the Wadawurrung actively resisted the white invaders coming onto their Country, it also points to a surprising number of touching interactions between the two groups that took place in this district. Fred describes them as “remote islands of friendly relations in an ocean of undeclared warfare”. 

Associate Professor Fred Cahir, is a historian from Federation University, specialising in Aboriginal studies. He is the Aboriginal studies coordinator (Mt Helen Campus) and Australian history ‘higher degree by research’ coordinator in the Faculty of Education and Arts. His Masters and PhD focused on local Victorian Aboriginal history. His research interests include: Victorian Aboriginal history; Central Victoria Aboriginal history; Australian frontier history; Aboriginal heritage tourism history; Traditional Aboriginal knowledge; Toponyms [Place names].

Join us on the 21st of July to hear author Fred Cahir in conversation with Neil Boyackat 2pm in The Warehouse, 36 Fraser Street, Clunes.

July BOS will be held at The Warehouse, 36 Fraser St, Clunes 3370.
The event is FREE but books will be available for purchase and signing.