Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Why Weren't We Told: A personal serach for the truth about our history by Henry Reynolds
I'm actually fairly interested in Australian History but it's difficult to find good, well written (ie. not dry, academic works.) material. This is another book I stumbled across in the library and tells the story of Henry Reynolds search for the true history of the conflict between white and indigenous Australians. He named the book after a question he is frequently asked when he talks about this area of history. The more I read, the more I realise so much has been brushed over or left out. Personally I feel it is akin to the Japanese only teaching certain parts of World War 2. Until we acknowledge that white Australia's treatment of the Indigenous people of this land has left a large and rather horrible legacy, we can't expect to achieve reconciliation. Kevin Rudd's landmark apology early last year was a great starting point. This book was written before then and I can't help but think that Henry Reynolds was one of the people cheering the loudest on the day. In an age where we frequently lament the quality of history education in our schools, I think it's important that we do continue to ask "Why weren't we told?"