with Ian Anderson and Cassandra Pybus / Chaired by Natasha Cica
Liberated from the tropes of tragedy that have dominated previous accounts, Cassandra Pybus’ biography of Nuenonne woman Truganini finally does justice to this remarkable woman. Posthumously and falsely named “the Last Tasmanian Aboriginal”, Truganini is revealed to be a woman of great strength, resilience and agency, a renowned swimmer, nimble negotiator, lover of nature and children, and master of adaptation. Inspired by her own family’s connection to Nuenonne country, Cassandra is joined by Ian Anderson to discuss Truganini’s life and legacy.
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Professor Ian Anderson AO is a senior academic and bureaucrat and is currently the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student and University Experience) at the ANU. Professor Anderson has worked in Indigenous health and education for over thirty years, including including time as a practicing doctor and running health services. Ian is a Palawa man from the northwest coast of Tasmania with traditional ties to country known as Tebrakunna.
Cassandra Pybus is an award-winning author and a distinguished historian. She is author of twelve books and has held research professorships at the University of Sydney, Georgetown University in Washington DC, the University of Texas and King's College London. She is descended from the colonist who received the largest free land grant on Truganini's traditional country of Bruny Island.
Dr Natasha Cica is the founding Director of Kapacity.org.