Title: Tongerlongeter: First nations leader & Tasmanian war hero
Author: REYNOLDS HENRY/CLEMENTS NICHOLAS
Publication date: 01/08/2021
Imprint: NEW SOUTH WALES UNI PRESS
Publishing status: Active
During Tasmaniaâ€™s gruesome Black War of 1823-31, Tongerlongeter led the most effective Aboriginal resistance campaign in Australian history. His Oyster Bay Nation of southeast Tasmania and his ally Montpelliattaâ€™s Big River Nation of central Tasmania embarked on 710 attacks, killing 182 colonists and wounding a further 176. First Nations casualties were up to three times greater and their population plummeted. Militarily it was a lost cause, yet these Aboriginal warriors determined resistance and dogged commitment to Country, culture and each other provoked desperation at every level of the fledgling colony.
Tongerlongeter was the lynch pin that held his people together in the face of apocalyptic invasion. But while his achievements rival those of any Victoria Cross recipient, he is buried in an unmarked grave on Flinders Island. In Tongerlongeter, acclaimed historians Henry Reynolds and Nicholas Clements retrieve one of Australiaâ€™s greatest war heroes from historical obscurity.
This book does not remedy injustice, but it recognises it. It offers Tongerlongeter, his people and his allies respect, recognition and regret. May it be one of many such books.â€™ â€” Bill Gammage
â€˜The triumph of Henry Reynoldsâ€™ secret histories is that in breaking his countryâ€™s silences he does so with bracing evidence that not only teaches and shocks us, destroying lies and prejudice, but demands an abiding admiration of the Indigenous people of Australia. I felt proud reading the story of Tongerlongeter and his epic resistance who, in nineteenth century words, â€œheld their ground bravely for 30 years against the invaders of their beautiful domains\”. Reynolds and Nicholas Clements also reveal the guardians of empire in turmoil. Did we know? We do now. Once again, our greatest historian has given us the truth about Australia.â€™ â€” John Pilger
â€˜Australia has recently discovered Indigenous defenders of country. They now include Tongerlongeter, recovered from a negligent posterity by Reynoldsâ€™ and Clementsâ€™ meticulous and imaginative research. Remarkable research and powerful writing.â€™ â€” Professor Peter Stanley, UNSW Canberra
Dimension: 234mm X 153mm