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Return to Uluru: Author Talk with Mark McKenna @ Tura Marrang Library

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Tura Marrang Library & Community Centre

15 Tura Beach Drive

Tura Beach, NSW 2548

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Join us to hear author Mark McKenna talk about his latest book 'Return to Uluru'.

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When Mark McKenna set out to write a history of the centre of Australia, he had no idea what he would discover. One event in 1934 – the shooting at Uluru of Aboriginal man Yokununna by white policeman Bill McKinnon, and subsequent Commonwealth inquiry – stood out as a mirror of racial politics in the Northern Territory at the time.

But then, through speaking with the families of both killer and victim, McKenna unearthed new evidence that transformed the historical record and the meaning of the event for today. As he explains, ‘Every thread of the story connected to the present in surprising ways.’ In a sequence of powerful revelations, McKenna explores what truth-telling and reconciliation look like in practice.

Return to Uluru brings a cold case to life. It speaks directly to the Black Lives Matter movement, but is completely Australian. Recalling Chloe Hooper’s The Tall Man, it is superbly written, moving, and full of astonishing, unexpected twists. Ultimately it is a story of recognition and return, which goes to the very heart of the country. At the centre of it all is Uluru, the sacred site where paths fatefully converged.

Mark McKenna is one of Australia’s leading historians, based at the University of Sydney. He is the author of several prize-winning books, including From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories and Looking for Blackfellas’ Point.

Ticket includes a light refreshment.

This is a COVIDSafe event, please do not attend if you are unwell, waiting for COVID test results or are a close contact of someone waiting for COVID test results.

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