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Out of the Past

by BARRY LOPEZ

The longest flight I ever made—the metaphysical distance between points, not the hours aloft—was from Christchurch, New Zealand, to McMurdo Station, Antarctica. It was aboard a four-engine,...

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by JOHN BARNES

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One of the most unsettling experiences in old age is the discovery, after the death of friends whom you thought that you knew well, that you had...

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Koolark Koort Koorliny

November 7, 2013

by TONY HUGHES-D’AETH

The story of the Carrolup artists is fairly well-known. In 1940, the State Government reopened Carrolup Native Settlement (near Katanning) to house Aboriginal people in the south-west. The Settlement had been set up in 1915 with the purpose of removing Aboriginal people from the new wheatbelt towns in the Great Southern, where they were considered a nuisance. The Settlement was closed in 1922 and the residents (inmates)...

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Review: Telling Stories

August 30, 2013

by TONY HUGHES-D’AETH

Tanya Dalziell and Paul Genoni, Eds., Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature 1935-2012, Monash University Publishing, 2013.

I confess that this book kept me up quite late on successive nights. I did have one very small contribution to its 630 odd pages. Nevertheless, I had imagined I would just dip dutifully in and grab what I could. Instead, I became something of an addict, no sooner finishing one...

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