juliet: Uluru, NT, Australia, just before sunset (australia - uluru)
I've just finished reading a splendid book by Tim Flannery, called The Explorers: Stories of Discovery and Adventure from The Australian Frontier. It's a collection of extracts from the journals/reports/etc of various of the explorers of Australia. (Flannery does note the problem whereby it's the European accounts, and largely male accounts, that we get, and there's at least one eyewitness account from an Aboriginal guide to an expedition.) It's fascinating reading, showing the physical and mental problems that the European explorers had to handle, their attempts to make sense of the country and the people, and the wide variety of attitudes to the indigenous Australians that they met. Anyway, a couple of extracts particularly caught my fancy:

I understand now very well what it is that makes the Papalangis so selfish -- it is this money! )

the usual hospitalities of Australian camps )

living, raw, dying [warning: bit gruesome!] )


no place to go to bed in )

We were fascinated by it )

OK, I could probably quote lots more bits but will stop there. It's well worth a read.

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