Bruce Pascoe

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"There is nothing new in the world
except the history you do not know" ...

~ Harry S Truman

"It isn't what we don't know that gives us trouble,
it's what we know that ain't so ...

~ Will Rogers

Introduction to this review

Substantiating historical evidence, extracted by Pascoe from the journals and reports of the early Colonial explorers and settlers in Australia, is more than sufficient to demonstrate the author's case. We find ourselves - once this evidence is acknowledged - on the breaking wave of a paradigm change. The change is in the way we view the history of Australia, and the history of agricultural societies on planet Earth.

The Australian First People were grinding seed to make bread more than 30,000 years ago, which is on par with the earliest known European seed grinding society. So perhaps on Australia Day we can celebrate the fact that the land and country of Australia has given rise to the world's first farmers and bread-makers.

P.R.F. Brown
Mountain Man dot Com
Southern Winter of 2018

"It has been said that though God cannot alter the past, historians can;
it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect
that He tolerates their existence."

~ Samuel Butler


ABOVE: Bruce Pascoe invites us to examine Sturt's 19th century publication:
"Two expeditions into the interior of southern Australia, during the years 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831 :
with observations on the soil, climate, and general resources of the Colony of New South Wales
by Charles Sturt

Image from Spot Fire 1 – Bruce Pascoe 'Aboriginal Agriculture'

Sample of references

Dark Emu: Revising Australian Pre-Colonial History

World's First Bakers?

Australia's First Miners

Useful External Links:

"I have good reason to distrust any historian who has nothing new to say
or who produces novelties, either in facts or in interpretations, which
I discover to be unreliable. Historians are supposed to be discoverers of truths.
No doubt they must turn their research into some sort of story before being called historians.

But their stories must be true stories. [...] History is no epic,
history is no novel, history is no propaganda because in these
literary genres control of the evidence is optional, not compulsory"

~ Arnaldo Momigliano, The rhetoric of history, Comparative Criticism, p. 260

Arnaldo Momigliano was one of the foremost ancient historians of the 20th century. Above he provides a number of general rules by which we may assess the merit of Bruce Pacoe being recognised as a first rate historian. It seems to me that Pascoe has actually set forth the historical truth by focussing on the historical evidence. Although this historical truth is new to most of us, because we have been educated erroneously in the matter, it is not new to the First People of Australia. In the Uluru Statement they see this newly discovered historical truth as part of a necessary "truth-telling" process.

The Australian First People are also the children of farmers, who were dispossessed of their farm lands and "country" by the Colonial invasion and settlements.


Here are some additional resources ...

Henry Reynolds

Australian Prehistory: Draft Timeline

Australian Prehistory: Bibliography [DRAFT]

"We come from our mother’s breath."

("bingyadyan ngallu nudjarn jungarung")

Yuin language, via Bruce Pascoe

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