- THE DOROTHY HEWETT AWARD
By Michael Bradley
Coniston, Central Australia, 1928: the murder of an itinerant prospector at this isolated station by local Warlpiri triggered a series of police-led expeditions that ranged over vast areas for two months, with the ‘hunting parties’ shooting down victims by the dozen.
The official death toll, declared by the whitewash federal inquiry as being all in self-defence, was thirty-one. The real number was certainly many times that.
As the last mass killing in our country’s genocidal past but an event largely unremembered, Coniston has never before been fully researched and recorded. This book fills that absence in Australia’s history and reminds us that without truth, there can be no reconciliation.