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Shaking Hands on the Fringe: Negotiating the Aboriginal World at King George's Sound

Tiffany Shellam

In 1826 the British set up a garrison on the edges of an Aboriginal world at King George’s Sound, the site of present day Albany, Western Australia, with the aim of deterring the French from occupying the area.

The British newcomers and the area’s Indigenous inhabitants, the King Ya-nup, came to share a small space, forcing both cultures to adapt in order to communicate and interact with one another. Within this sphere associations and friendships were formed that were as surprising as they were unique.

This ethnographic history narrates several intimate cross-cultural stories of the developing relationships between British and Aboriginal individuals at King George’s Sound. The episodes recounted go beyond the common ‘friendly’ or ‘violent’ encounters, unearthing instead how and why particular King Ya-nup engaged with the British world, utilising the new presence to seeming advantage.

Tiffany Shellam

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Tiffany Shellam grew up in Perth, Western Australia. She moved to Melbourne to undertake an Arts degree before moving to Canberra to do a PhD in history at the Australian National University.

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Praise for Shaking Hands on the Fringe:

Shellam brings to life the many remarkable characters who populated this world.

— Fiona Capp, The Age

RRP

AUD$29.95 / NZD$40.95

Format

Paperback, 235 x 155 mm
274 pages

ISBN

9781921401268

Rights

World

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