Review: Stephen Gapps has written a nuanced account of the First Wiradjuri War of Resistance

By Alison Booth
Updated January 25 2022 - 11:30pm, first published January 21 2022 - 8:30pm
Stephen Gapps, who believes the story of the Wiradyuri war against Europeans deserves greater recognition. Picture: Supplied

Looking back to 1788, it seems extraordinary that the British Government would send out its First Fleet loaded with convicts and soldiers when so little was known about the destination and its inhabitants, and with so little preparation, and with no diplomacy. Terra nullius was the British Government's assumption, and it did not check if this assumption was true.