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dimanche 6 décembre 2009

John Ramsland: A prolific historian

Dear blog fans,

I would like to inform you of the publication of two fascinating books by John Ramsland, specialized in Aboriginal and regional history. Available from the best bookstores!

Brave and Bold : Manly Village Public School (1858-2008) : Brolga, 2008.
This historical account is a graphic saga of a school which was often challenged by over-crowding and lack of room and resources during its eventful 150 year history. And yet it was set in the idyllic, fabled surrounds of Manly as a sea-side suburb — a paradise for children growing up. The personalities and characters who inhabited the school as pupils, students and teachers are vividly brought to life, both the famous and the not so famous. There are many voices recounting their compelling experiences. The Manly school was representative of every form of government schooling in New South Wales over the years — first as a National School, then a Public School and Superior Public School, an Intermediate High, and a Domestic and Home Science School — all on the same tiny asphalted site in Darley Road, Manly. At times, there were over 2,000 students attending from kindergarten to fifteen-year-olds crammed into classrooms and play areas. But a vibrant and all-conquering spirit prevailed. Manly Village Public School has always played a central part in Manly’s cultural and social development.
The Rainbow Beach man : the life and times of Les Ridgeway : Brolga, 2009.

In 1928 on the cusp of the Great Depression, Les Ridgeway was born into a world that was short of his people, the Worimi, and struggling to keep those it had.The Rainbow Beach Man is the fascinating story of Les Ridgeway, Worimi Elder, and his struggle against adversity and racial discrimination. The eldest son of a family of eight, he was raised in straightened circumstances on reserves in Karuah, Port Stephens, and Purfleet, Taree. He witnessed the Great Depression of the 1930s at Purfleet Aboriginal Station and left school at fourteen at theheight of the Second World War to join the workforce as a farm labourer.Like the ebb and flow of the waves on Rainbow Beach, his life continued to change directions.From an Assistant Manager of the remote Murrin Bridge Aboriginal Station to a Senior Welfare Officer at Moree, before being recruited by Charles Perkins to become a significant part of the fledgling Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs.Having travelled by car and caravan all over New South Wales, he now has many astory and tale to tell from where he lives in retirement in a small mobile home on RainbowBeach near Port Macquarie.

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