Early Australian Diaries

The previous SMH article mentioned the writings of Watkin Tench, an officer of the first fleet, on the journey to and establishment of the Australian colony. Chapter XI in particular refers to the local indigenous population and early white/black relations. Tim Flannery wrote a book based on this document called 1788. http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit/pdf/p00039.pdf

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One Response to Early Australian Diaries

  1. amelia says:

    Watkin Tench’s writings make really great reading! There was a little bit included in an intro to Australian literature subject I did a few years ago, and I ended up going out and buying the whole book, 1788. I have a feeling that Tim Flannery just wrote the introduction though? Anyway, fantastic book!


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