Ross Gibson continues his speculative brilliance with this work on the astromer and colonist William Dawes, using his tebooks as source material. It is an intellectual adventure around the tensions and pleasures of language and meaning, particularly Dawes' encounters under the southern stars, sharing ideas with a small group of Indigeus people from around Sydney Harbour. Dawes called his collaborators 'the Eora'. They told him it was their word for 'people', and it might have been the first thing they watched him write down. These were the years when Britain seized the Eora country, leading eventually to the establishment of the modern nation of Australia. Fragmentary, poetic and intriguing, Gibson describes, ponders and interprets the pages of Dawes' tebooks, which are reproduced throughout.
Ross Gibson is Professor of Contemporary Arts at the Sydney College of Arts, and is a successful author and filmmaker.