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12 March 2020

Talks@Willoughby presents Adam Courtenay speaking about The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter

Wednesday 8 April 2020, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Ave, Chatswood 
FREE event

Adam Courtenay will discuss his latest work of Australian history The Ghost and the Bounty Hunter – the story of William Buckley, John Batman, the birth of Melbourne and the theft of Kulin country - on Wednesday 8 April 2020, 12.30pm at Chatswood Library on
The Concourse.

You may have heard of the expression "You've got Buckley's". It derives from convict William Buckley who lived with the Wadawurrung tribe in western Victoria for 32 years. Buckley lost his English language but came out of the wilderness alive. With his local language skills, he helped found Melbourne in 1835. It's a story of survival against the odds.

Just after Christmas 1803, 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 195cm former soldier cold and starving. They took him in, and for 32 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.

Adam Courtenay is a Sydney-based writer and journalist who has had a long career in the UK and Australia, writing for papers such as the Financial Times, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and the Australian Financial Review. His previous book was The Ship That Never Was.

Constant Reader Bookshop will have copies of the book for sale on the day.

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