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Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001

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The Saga of Captain Cook 1

The Saga of Captain Cook 1

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Australia’s Empire

Hobbles Danaiyarri

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This chapter presents an account of British explorer Captain James Cook’s discovery of Australia as recorded the memory of Hobbles Danaiyarri, an Aboriginal cultural custodian and cattle-station stockman. According to Indigenous oral traditions, the discovery of Australia is depicted as a recurring cycle of destruction, violence, and dispossession where Cook himself reappears across space and time as the mythological symbol of the insensitivity and greed of England. Danaiyarri’s account suggests that history itself is part of Australia’s imperial legacy.

Keywords:   James Cook, Hobbles Danaiyarri, Australia, England, imperial legacy, British explorer, geographical discovery

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