The Resource Thicker than water : history, secrets and guilt : a memoir, Cal Flyn

Thicker than water : history, secrets and guilt : a memoir, Cal Flyn

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Thicker than water : history, secrets and guilt : a memoir
Title
Thicker than water
Title remainder
history, secrets and guilt : a memoir
Statement of responsibility
Cal Flyn
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Author
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
A compelling and beautifully written memoir about dark and shameful family secrets, and one young woman's pilgrimage to Australia to attempt to lay the past to rest. British journalist Cal Flyn was holidaying in her childhood home in the Highlands of Scotland, when she stumbled upon a dark family secret. To her horror, she discovered that her great-great-great uncle Angus McMillan, who had been mythologized as a great explorer and pioneer of early Australia, was in fact also the leader of a number of gruesome massacres of indigenous people. In 1843, he led a loosely formed 'Highland brigade', linked to a series of assaults so ferocious that the sites would ever after be synonymous with bloodshed: Butchers Creek, Boney Point, Skull Creek, Slaughterhouse Gully. Driven to piece together his story and to confront her own history, Cal decided to retrace McMillan's journey to Australia, looking for answers: how could a man lauded for his generosity and integrity commit such terrible acts? How could people who directly suffered from the brutal expulsion of the Highland Clearances re-enact this brutality in Australia? And has today's generation inherited a responsibility to atone for its ancestors' sins? Part family memoir, part travelogue, part history, and an intimate, revealing and fascinating journey into our Australian heritage, Thicker than Water is a beautifully written, wholly compelling and devastatingly clear-eyed examination of the burden of intergenerational grief and inherited guilt that we all carry with us
Biography type
individual biography
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Flyn, Cal
Dewey number
994.56
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • portraits
Index
no index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Flyn, Cal
  • McMillan, Angus
  • Flyn, Cal
  • Flyn, Cal
  • Journalists
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Kurnai (Australian people)
  • Explorers
  • Family secrets
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of
  • Massacres
  • Gippsland (Vic.)
  • Victoria
  • Victoria
Label
Thicker than water : history, secrets and guilt : a memoir, Cal Flyn
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
366 pages
Isbn
9781460750506
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print
Label
Thicker than water : history, secrets and guilt : a memoir, Cal Flyn
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
  • text
  • still image
  • cartographic image
Content type code
  • txt
  • sti
  • cri
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
  • rdacontent.
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
366 pages
Isbn
9781460750506
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, map, portraits
Specific material designation
regular print

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