Young Dark Emu


By Bruce Pascoe

As European explorers and settlers moved across Australia in search of land to claim, they made records and kept diaries, and drew and painted what they saw. These eyewitness accounts tell us how Aboriginal people lived and asks you to consider these ‘inconvenient truths’ – a different view of how Australia was before the British arrived in 1788.

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Bruce Pascoe has collected a swathe of literary awards for Dark Emu and now he has brought together the research and compelling first person accounts in a book for younger readers. Using the accounts of early European explorers, colonists and farmers, Bruce Pascoe compellingly argues for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer label for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. He allows the reader to see Australia as it was before Europeans arrived – a land of cultivated farming areas, productive fisheries, permanent homes, and an understanding of the environment and its natural resources that supported thriving villages across the continent. Young Dark Emu – A Truer History asks young readers to consider a different version of Australia’s history pre-European colonisation.

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Weight 0.65 kg
Dimensions 24 × 24 cm







Magabala Books

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