Two boys travel three continents to follow one monk's dream, in this untold story from Australia's colonial history. In 1848, the Spanish missionary Rosendo Salvado, founder of New Norcia Monastery in Western Australia, had an idea. He would prove that Aboriginal people could be educated and 'civilised', by taking two Nyungar boys to be schooled in Europe.
And so it was that Conaci, aged seven, and Dirimera, aged ten, left their tribe to travel by sea to the racially-divided colony of South Africa, Ireland at the beginning of their nationalist uprising, the United Kingdom in the midst of its industrial revolution, France ravaged by civil war and finally entered a monastery in Naples.
This is a remarkable and timely book - a colourful detective story of research through the archives and libraries of Australia, France, Italy and the Vatican - and is very much part of the whole story of the 'stolen generations'.
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Colourful, and tragic, story of two young Aboriginal boys in the 1850s who leave their tribe to take part in a 'grand experiment' - and one which kills themL'autore:
Anouk Ride has worked as a journalist and editor for over ten years, contributing to magazines in Australia, the US and Europe, including New Internationalist. She has a Masters in International Relations and has written on a wide range of topics from health and human rights to international politics and the environment.
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Descrizione libro Hatchette Australia, 2007. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 734409206