Truganini tells the haunting story of the extraordinary woman behind the myth of ‘the last Aboriginal Tasmanian’. Scholar and award-winning author Cassandra Pybus draws from original eyewitness accounts to paint a complex picture of Truganini’s remarkable life. In conversation with Jakelin Troy, Cassandra discusses her inspiring and heart-wrenching account of a lively, intelligent young woman who survived the devastating decade of the 1820s, when the clans of southeastern Tasmania were all but extinguished.
Cassandra Pybus (Australian)
Cassandra Pybus is an independent scholar and prizewinning non-fiction author. Her most recent book is Truganini: Journey Through the Apocalyse. In addition to fellowships from the Australia Council and Australian Research Council, she has been Fulbright Professor at Georgetown University in Washington DC, Distinguished Visiting Professor at the University of Texas and Leverhulme Visiting Professor at King's College, London. Cassandra lives in the southeast corner of Tasmania where her immigrant ancestors settled in 1829.
Jakelin Troy (Australian)
Jakelin Troy is Ngarigu of the Snowy Mountains, south eastern Australia. She is Professor, Director, Indigenous Research, at The University of Sydney. Her research includes Australian languages, particularly those of the south east and she is best known for her work in supporting the renewal of the Aboriginal language of Sydney. Currently she is working with members of her own community to renew Ngarigu. She is also developing research projects with the Torwali community in Swat, North Pakistan.