Strangers on Country
David Hartley & Kirsty Murray (Illust: Dub Leffler)
Publisher: National Library of Australia
ISBN: 9780642279552
Awards Year: 2021
Category: The Eve Pownall Award for Information Books
Judge's Critique
This book is a sensitive collaboration depicting five instances of first contact interactions between Aboriginal peoples and early white colonisers. Skilfully derived from the NLA’s Living with the Locals: Early Experience of Indigenous Life, five stories feature young European castaways, escaped convicts and a shipwrecked girl and boy, all adopted by Indigenous communities along the North east coast of Australia. Supported by factual accounts of these stories, this well organised, thoroughly researched and beautifully illustrated production presents nuanced readings of colonial history accessible to readers from primary school upwards.