With the founding of Melbourne in 1835, a flood of settlers began spreading out across the Australian continent. In three years more land – and more people – were conquered than in the preceding fifty.
In 1835, a fascinating, alternative Australian history book, James Boyce brings this pivotal moment to life. He traces the power plays in Hobart, Sydney and London, and describes the key personalities of Melbourne’s early days. He conjures up the Australian frontier – its complexity, its rawness and the way its legacy is still with us today. And he asks the poignant question largely ignored for 175 years: could it have been different?
With his first book, Van Diemen’s Land, Boyce introduced an utterly fresh approach to the nation’s history. “In re-imagining Australia’s past,” Richard Flanagan wrote, “it invents a new future.” 1835 continues this untold story.
Winner of the 2012 Age Book of the Year Award.
If you are tired of reading histories written by the victors this is a superb antidote which puts Aborigines, convicts and ordinary citizens at the centre of Australian history. — Bruce Elder, journalist