GOOD COUNTRY by Bain Attwood

In this superbly researched book Bain Attwood eschews the generalisations of national and colonial history to provide a finely grained local history of the Dja dja Wurrung people of central Victoria.

Insisting on the importance of grappling with a history that involved a relationship between the people of this Aboriginal nation, the British settlers who invaded their country, and men appointed by the imperial and the colonial governments to protect the Aboriginal people, as well as a relationship between the Dja dja Wurrung and their indigenous neighbours, Attwood draws on an unusually rich historical record.

He challenges historical concepts such as the frontier and resistance, to show how they both adopted and adapted to the intruders and were thereby able to remain in their own country, at least for a time. 

Attwood closes this book with the remarkable story of the revival of the Dja dja Wurrung in recent times as they have sought to become their own historians.


For anyone - but in particular for those of us fortunate enough to live on Dja Dja Wurrung land - this is essential reading, a wonderfully rich book and a well-told story. Come to our Festival, and share with us the history of merrygic barbarie, the good country.