(Suspended) Tea Topics: 'The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter' with Adam Courten...

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Hear from writer and journalist Adam Courtenay as he speaks about his latest book The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter, a fascinating and poignant true story from Australian colonial history.

Just after Christmas 1803, a convict called William Buckley fled a settlement in the land of the Kulin nation (now the Port Phillip area), to take his chances in the wilderness. A few months later, the local Aboriginal people found the former soldier cold and starving and took him in. For thirty-two years Buckley lived as a Wadawurrung man, learning his adopted tribe's language, skills and methods to survive. Colonists finally caught up with Buckley in 1835, the same year the former bounty hunter John Batman arrived in the area, looking to acquire the rolling grasslands around the bay. What happened next saw the Wadawurrung betrayed and Buckley eventually broken. The theft of Kulin country would end in the birth of a city. The frontier wars had begun.


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