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For over 200 years Australia's official history has focused on English colonisation and 'discovery', with tales of British explorers and first generation white Australians navigating the vast and unfriendly land. But what of the millennia before the English claimed Australia as their own and wrote the history books. 1787 traces the journey of Australia before the infamous 1788 date, to explore just how 'discovered' the southern continent was by t only the Indigeus Australians who had lived and prospered for thousands of years, but also the sailors, traders, fishermen and many others who had visited our shores. This is t about voyages of 'discovery', cartography, geography, or hero-captains and their sailing ship adventures. This is a bigger history-of the rise and fall of empires, the shifts in global ecomies, and their impact on Australia. By charting the encounters with Australia and its original people by several major groups of visitors, primarily the Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, French, and British from the late Middle Ages, 1787 reveals the stories of first encounters between Indigeus Australians and foreigners, placing Indigeus Australians back into our kwn history rather than a timeless pre-historical one. It's a fascinating story that shifts focus away from post-colonial history and engages the reader in the eventful and lively stories of Australia as a vast and active land participating in a global history.
Dr Nicolas Brodie is a historian and qualified archaeologist. He has written a history of St Mary's Cathedral, alongside several other academic papers, and is an experienced public speaker, having lectured at the University of Tasmania and Cambridge and given interviews on ABC radio and 7.30 Stateline. Nick Brodie's book Kin was published in July 2015 and received excellent reviews.