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Many Maps: Charting Two Cultures: First Nations Australians and European Settlers in Western Australia

Book cover of Many Maps by Bill and Jenny Bunbury

Many Maps: Charting Two Cultures: First Nations Australians and European Settlers in Western Australia

Author: Bill and Jenny Bunbury

Publisher: UWA Publishing

Essentially, Many Maps explores the interaction between Western Australia’s First Nation peoples and their European colonisers. Across six chapters, and over 170 years, it ‘maps’ a history that draws upon colonial and other archives, interviews, and a range of contemporary interpretative voices. Much of the material comes from Bill Bunbury himself, with his having conducted extensive interviews on wide-ranging Indigenous stories when he was working with ABC Radio National. It is these interviews that largely drive the Many Maps narrative. But the story, in the interpretative hands of Jenny Bunbury, is so much more. This is a book you have to explore for yourself. The final chapter, ‘The Past Is Still Part of Us’, embraces unfinished business while offering the hope of a new map.

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