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Main Title: The ghost & the bounty hunter : William Buckley, John Batman and the theft of Kulin country / Adam Courtenay. Book Cover
Author: Courtenay, Adam, author.
Imprint: Sydney, NSW : ABC Books, 2020.
Collation: 306 pages : illustrations, maps, paperback ; 20 cm.
Subject: Buckley, William, 1780-1856
Batman, John, 1801-1839
First Nations Australians
Wadawurrung (First Nations Australian people)
First Nations Australians - - First encounters
First Nations Australians - - Missions, missionaries and reserves
First Nations Australians - - Frontier life
First Nations Australians - - Massacres and frontier violence
Port Phillip Region (Vic.) (Bunurong Country and Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country)
ISBN: 0733340393 9780733340390
Just after Christmas 1803, convict William Buckley fled an embryonic settlement in the land of the Kulin nation (now the Port Phillip area), to take his chances in the wilderness. A few months later, the local Aboriginal people found the six-foot-five former soldier near death. Believing he was a lost kinsman returned from the dead, they took him in, and for thirty-two years Buckley lived as a Wadawurrung man, learning his adopted tribe's language, skills and methods to survive. The outside world finally caught up with Buckley in 1835, after John Batman, a bounty hunter from Van Diemen's Land, arrived in the area, seeking to acquire and control the perfect pastureland around the bay. What happened next saw the Wadawurrung betrayed and Buckley eventually broken. The theft of Kulin country would end in the birth of a city.

Includes bibliographical references.
Result Collection Location Shelf No Status Notes
Non-Fiction Main Library 305.801 VIC FIR BUC On Loan