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Black Founders

The Unknown Story of Australia's First Black Settlers

Black Founders by Cassandra Pybus
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In this compelling new book, distinguished historian and writer Cassandra Pybus reveals that black convicts were among our first fleet settlers – a fact which profoundly complicates our understanding of race relations in early colonial Australia. Most of these black founders were originally slaves from America who had sought freedom with the British during the American Revolution only to find themselves abandoned and unemployed in England when the war was over. Pybus' stories include the notorious runaway ‘Black Caesar’, who became our first bushranger, and the wonderfully subversive Billie Blue, who was the first ferryman on Sydney Harbour, after whom Blues Point is named.
University of NSW Press; April 2006
232 pages; ISBN 9780868400310
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Title: Black Founders
Author: Cassandra Pybus
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Research brings new perspective to Australia's convict past - ABC Online
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Research brings new perspective to Australia's convict pastABC OnlineTIM JEANES: The new book is called Black Founders: The ...