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A Most Peculiar Act
Author: Marie Munkara

ISBN: 9781921248849
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1 May 2014
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 13.0 x 19.6
Description:
A Most Peculiar Act, by Marie Munkara casts a sardonic eye at the protectionist policies of the early 20th century from the perspective of an Aboriginal fringe-camp dweller by the name of Sugar. Against the background of the Aboriginal Ordinances Act and the "white Australia" policy, Sugar's resistance to assimilation turns into a protracted battle with the authorities and the chief protector Horatio Humphris (or Horrid Hump).

Interspersed with illicit affairs, stolen children and unwelcome foreigners, A Most Peculiar Act sees Sugar and her oppressors finally meet on a level playing field with an outcome neither side could have foreseen.

About the Author

Marie Munkara is of Rembarranga descent and was born on the banks of the Mainoru River in central Arnhem Land. She went to Nguiu on the Tiwi Islands when she was about eighteen months old, was sent down south when she was three years old and went back to the Tiwi Islands when she was twenty eight. She currently (2009) lives in Darwin and is an avid breeder of green frogs and swamp frogs.

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