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STOLEN GENERATIONS The Pocket Windschuttle

By: Tony Thomas

*** Free to all purchasers who buy The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, Volume Three, The Stolen Generations from this site. ***

Pocket WindschuttleReaders and students concerned about allegations that past Australian governments removed Aboriginal children from their parents in order to eliminate their culture had no proper guide to what the archival facts revealed until Keith Windschuttle’s highly critical history of the Stolen Generations came along. Author and journalist Tony Thomas felt that this huge, forensically detailed work needed a more publicly accessible version. So he rewrote it in thirteen no-frills chapters, each the length of a newspaper feature article, for this pocket edition.

Tony Thomas MA B Ec was a journalist for 45 years. He spent a decade in the Canberra Press Gallery as Economics Writer for The Age, and 20 years with BRW Magazine. His publications include TARURU — Aboriginal Song Poetry of the Pilbara, with linguist Dr C.G. von Brandenstein (1974).

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Risdon Cove, 3 May 1804

By: John Owen

The first British settlement in Van Diemen’s Land – What happened that day?

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The incident at Risdon Cove on the Derwent River on 3 May 1804 remains an event of considerable historical significance, not only within Tasmania and Australia, but also in the history of the British Empire. Did the soldiers at the fledging settlement wantonly fire on an innocent hunting party of Aborigines, killing scores of them, as some historians claim, bequeathing a dark and shameful history we have yet to fully acknowledge? Or was it a justified intervention by British troops to rescue a settler and his wife from Aboriginal assault that left just two or at most three casualties among their assailants? This book presents unexpected new findings that overturn all the received interpretations.




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Washout - New Expanded Edition

On the Academic Response to the Fabrication of Aboriginal History
By: John Dawson

Waged across airwaves and newspapers for the past decade, the history wars have spread fear and loathing through the besieged halls of academia. The veracity of university-based historians and their versions of our past have been under assault as never before.

In 2002, The Fabrication of Aboriginal History by Keith Windschuttle fired a broadside whose aftershocks are still reverberating. In Robert Manne’s anthology Whitewash (2003), a score of the authors under siege mounted a counterattack. Their example was soon followed by the collections edited by Dirk Moses, Genocide and Settler Society (2004), and Stuart Macintyre, The Historian’s Conscience (2004), by Bain Attwood in Telling the Truth About Aboriginal History (2005), by Tony Taylor’s Denial (2008) and by James Boyce’s Van Diemen’s Land (2008).
In this revised and updated edition of Washout, John Dawson analyses all these works in a piercing inspection of the methods, standards and philosophic premises within Australia’s humanities faculties. He finds they have adopted irrationalism as their standard and abandoned their scholarly obligation to defend the truth.

John Dawson is a Melbourne writer whose articles have appeared in newspapers and journals including Quadrant in Australia and The Intellectual Activist and Capitalism magazines in the United States. He is the author of the first edition of Washout, published in 2004.

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The Fabrication of Aboriginal History, Volume Three


The Stolen Generations 1881–2008
By Keith Windschuttle

In 1997, the Human Rights Commission made the most notorious accusation ever directed against Australia. It accused this country of committing genocide against the Aborigines by stealing their children. The purported intention of gov­ernments and welfare officials was to institutionalize and assimilate the children into white society and thus rid Australia of its Aboriginal people. In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized to Aboriginal people for these policies.

This book is based on an exhaustive examination of the archival records of child removals and of government policies and laws. It also scrutinizes the work of the historians on whom the Human Rights Commission relied. It finds the historical research that created this interpretation was shoddy and untrustworthy. Aboriginal children were never removed from their families in order to put an end to Aboriginality or, indeed, for any improper government policy or program. The small numbers of Aboriginal child removals in the twentieth century were almost all based on traditional grounds of child welfare. Most children affected had been orphaned, abandoned, des­titute, neglected, malnourished or subject to various forms of domestic violence, sexual exploitation and sexual abuse. The notion that this amounted to genocide came from creative interpretations of selected evidence taken out of con­text by politically motivated historians. There were no Stolen Generations.

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