Archive | June 2014

Rethinking Indigenous Australia’s agricultural past – ABC’s Bush Telegraph investigates …

The ABC gives the idea significant air-time

It has long been thought that prior to white settlement, Indigenous Australians lived a nomadic, hunter-gatherer lifestyle. Now some scholars argue that the first Australians practised forms of agriculture and aquaculture, writes Cathy Pryor.

In a recent Bush Telegraph programme devoted entirely to the discussion of Aboriginal agriculture, Bruce Pascoe and Bill Gammage lay out the evidence they have gathered.

Bruce gets the last word:  ‘You couldn’t do broad acre agricultural activities once the land had been taken from you.’  Makes sense, really.

Listen to the podcast or read the transcript here

Spreading the word overseas

The independent on-line newspaper The Epoch Times also interviewed Bruce recently.  You can read the story here


Ask Bruce about Aboriginal bread-baking!

Fresh from his appearance at the inaugural Australia and New Zealand Festival of Literature and the Arts in London, Bruce has another couple of public appearances lined up.  It’s  your chance to ask him about how early Aborigines grew and milled grain and baked bread, and other such myth-busters.



First up is Melbourne’s annual The Light in Winter festival based around the winter solstice.  Bruce will participate in the campfire programme, as outlined below.

Dark Emu Book Launch with Bruce Pascoe in Conversation with Rob Bundle

Friday 20 June | 6.30pm – 7.30pm | Free

“Accomplished author Bruce Pascoe’s new book examines Aboriginal knowledge systems in food production and land management, and critiques colonial myths used to justify dispossession. ”    Check out the full list of events here.


Eltham Bookshop, in association with the  Nillumbik Reconciliation Group, invites everyone to
Local historian Mick Woiwood will introduce Bruce Pascoe talking about  Dark Emu.
Date: August 4th

Time: 6.30pm until 8.00pm

Venue: ELTHAMbookshop, 970 Main Road, Eltham

Cost: $40.00 includes a signed copy of the book or a $35.00 gift voucher, and bush food flavoured refreshments

Prepaid bookings are essential:  Call 03 9439 8700 or email