Contested Ground provides a comprehensive and up to date account of the processes and experiences which shaped the lives of Aboriginal Australians from 1788 to the present.

It integrates eye-witness accounts, oral histories and historical research to present the first colony-by-colony, state by state history of Aboriginal-white relations. Contested Ground tells a story of dispossession and denial but it is also a positive account, revealing the persistent struggles of Aboriginal communities for a better future.

Clearly written and generously illustrated, this book demonstrates why Australian Aboriginal history, like the very land itself, remains contested ground.

'Both indigenous and non-indigenous Australians have a lot to learn about each other before reconciliation between the two peoples can be realised. This book will go a long way towards achieving that end.' - Paul Behrendt.

chapter 1|54 pages

A national story

chapter 2|66 pages

New South Wales

chapter 3|47 pages


chapter 4|40 pages


chapter 5|32 pages

South Australia

chapter 6|29 pages

Western Australia

chapter 7|37 pages

Northern Territory

chapter 8|32 pages

Tasmania: 1