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First People by Gary Presland


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In 1844 William Thomas noted that the Woi wurrung camped on the site of the Melbourne and Richmond cricket grounds and the Boon wurrung on a spot near where the Governor’s residence now stands.

The Eastern Kulin, like Indigenous people all over Australia, believed that they were an integral part of the land; for them nature and culture had been created as one by ancestral beings. In First People, Gary Presland presents a unique picture of the Eastern Kulin way of life. He won the 2009 Victorian Community History Awards for his book 'The Place for a Village: How nature has shaped the city of Melbourne.'

 Gary Presland studied history at La Trobe University and archaeology at University of London. For the past 40 years his major research interests have been in the Aboriginal history and natural history of the Melbourne area.

“An extraordinary journey into the ancient origins of Melbourne, which has transformed and expanded my vision of the place I call home.” Arnold Zable

Author: Gary Presland

Format: Softcover

Language: English

Pages: 156

Dimensions (cm): 25 x 17.5

Weight (kg): 1.5

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