Join historians Dr. Henry Reynolds and Dr Nick Clements in conversation with Auntie Rissah Vox and Auntie Wendal Pitchford discussing Tongerlongeter, a story until now barely known. Henry and Nick have recently released Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero, in an effort to redress this oversight. The book arose in part from Nick’s desire to see the Aboriginal heroes of the Black War commemorated on a par with Australian heroes of other wars. Tongerlongeter, he says, was not only a victim of colonisation, but an agent of the Aboriginal resistance, who “gave the British empire serious pause … and was a fundamental threat to the colony.”
Professor Henry Reynolds (The Other Side of the Frontier: Aboriginal Resistance to the European Invasion of Australia, Why Weren’t We Told? and much, much more, including, most recently, Unnecessary Wars).
Dr Nick Clements is the author of The Black War: Fear, Sex and Resistance in Tasmania.
DON’T MISS THIS: You can also hear Professor Reynolds at another session, Rebellious Facts and Comforting Fictions, with Drs Jeanette Thompson, Ian Broinowski and Katherine Johnson.