Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse

2018 Peter Blazey Fellow Cassandra Pybus has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story in full.

Cassandra Pybus's ancestors told a story of an old Aboriginal woman who would wander across their farm on Bruny Island, in south-east Tasmania, in the 1850s and 1860s. As a child, Pybus didn't know this woman was Truganini, and that Truganini was walking over the country of her clan, the Nuenonne.

For nearly seven decades, Truganini lived through a psychological and cultural shift more extreme than we can imagine. But her life was much more than a regrettable tragedy. Pybus has examined the original eyewitness accounts to write Truganini's extraordinary story in full.

She has become an international icon for a monumental tragedy - the so-called extinction of the original people of Tasmania. Truganini's story is inspiring and haunting - a journey through the apocalypse.

Truganini

Cassandra Pybus is an award-winning author and a distinguished historian. She is author of twelve books and has held research professorships at the University of Sydney, Georgetown University in Washington DC, the University of Texas and King's College London. She is descended from the colonist who received the largest free land grant on Truganini's traditional country of Bruny Island.

Read about Peter Blazey Fellowship recipients here. Discover Truganini by Cassandra Pybus at Allen & Unwin.

Image: Peter Dombrovskis, Giant kelp, Hasselborough Bay, Macquarie Island, Tasmania, 1984, National Library of Australia. Courtesy of Liz Dombrovskis.