Pinjarra 1970: Shame and the Country Town

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Robyn Ferrell


Pinjarra in 1970 lay on an extraordinary cusp. It lagged along a fault line between one order and another; or rather, it squatted at a precipice, over which its cherished values had already been dashed to pieces. In 1967, Aboriginal people were at last, by national referendum, declared citizens of Australia. In 1969, Alcoa began to prepare the site in the hills behind Pinjarra for the open-cut mining of the largest bauxite deposit so far discovered in the world. The past met the future, and they didn’t recognise each other.

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Robyn Ferrell, University of Tasmania

ROBYN FERRELL is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy at the University of Tasmania, and also teaches in the postgraduate journalism program. She is the author of several academic books, a novel and a volume of essays which is forthcoming from Indra Press this year.