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Eliza Fraser

(1798—1858)

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Captivity Narrative

Overview page. Subjects: Literature — Australasian and Pacific History.

Account of kidnapping by Indians of white persons, usually women, taken by long journeys into the wilderness. The tale of Mary Rowlandson (1682), the earliest example, is representative of...

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Film, historical

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Has recorded important moments of Australian history for almost a century. It captured the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia (1901), the dedication of Canberra as the capital...

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Patrick White

Overview page. Subjects: Literature.

(1912–90)

Australian novelist and playwright, born in England, the first Australian to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1973. After attending Cheltenham College, White...

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Sir Sidney Nolan

Overview page. Subjects: Art.

(b Melbourne, 22 Apr. 1917; d London, 28 Nov. 1992).

The most internationally famous of Australian painters. He turned from odd jobs to art after attending night classes in...

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Wild white man

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Was a nineteenth-century term used to describe white men who lived in the bush, usually with some degree of contact with Aborigines. The first ‘wild white man’ is believed to ...

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