Book Club – July

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Book Club – July

28 July 2020 - 11:30 am-12:30 pm


Book Club is returning to the Clubhouse!

We are delighted to invite all our regular Members – and all new ones – to our first Book Club gathering in many months. Well done to everyone who mastered Zoom, it was great fun, but won’t it be lovely to see everyone again across the table.

The other good news is that the Careening Cove is open for lunch; please make an advance reservation.

This month we will meet to discuss ‘Dark Emu’ by Bruce Pascoe.

‘Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent…[It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated human occupation.’
– Judges for 2016 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating, and storing – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence in Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.

Bruce’s comments on his book compared to Gammage’s: ‘My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing, whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn’t contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.’


28 July 2020
11:30 am-12:30 pm
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Sylwia Kaminska
02 9017 0139


Carabella Room
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