Dharmalan Dana

Dharmalan Dana

An Australian Aboriginal man’s 73-year search for the story of his Aboriginal and Indian ancestors

Dharmalan DanaAuthored by: George Nelson, Robynne Nelson

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A Yorta Yorta man’s 73-year search for the story of his Aboriginal and Indian ancestors including his Indian Grampa who, as a real mystery man, came to Yorta Yorta country in Australia, from Mauritius, in 1881 and went on to leave an incredible legacy for Aboriginal Australia. This story is written through George Nelson’s eyes, life and experiences, from the time of his earliest memory, to his marriage to his sweetheart Brenda, through to his journey to Mauritius at the age of 73, to the production of this wonderful story in the present.

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Details

ISBN (print):
9781925021493
ISBN (online):
9781925021509
Publication date:
Apr 2014
Note:

Aboriginal History Monograph No. 28

Imprint:
ANU Press
DOI:
http://dx.doi.org/10.22459/DD.04.2014
Series:
Aboriginal History Monographs
Co-publisher:
Aboriginal History
Disciplines:
Arts & Humanities: Biography & Autobiography, History; Social Sciences: Indigenous Studies
Countries:
Australia

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Part 1: The Early Years

  1. Beginnings (PDF, 922KB)
  2. Nanny’s Stories (PDF, 4.6MB)
  3. A Little Fulla (PDF, 2.7MB)
  4. Hunting and Gathering (PDF, 1.0MB)
  5. Dad’s Work (PDF, 118KB)
  6. Nothing Stays The Same (PDF, 8.3MB)

Part 2: Our Life

  1. Starting Out (PDF, 5.4MB)
  2. A Brilliant Career (PDF, 5.6MB)
  3. From Runner To Trainer (PDF, 1.5MB)
  4. Back To School (PDF, 1.9MB)

Part 3: Grampa’s Story

  1. His Mission Life (PDF, 5.6MB)
  2. The Land Grab: 1907–1910 (PDF, 1.1MB)
  3. A Man Of The Community (PDF, 3.5MB)
  4. The Rebellion: 1912–1922 (PDF, 129KB)
  5. The Man Of Mystery (PDF, 1.2MB)
  6. The Letter (PDF, 202KB)
  7. Across The Indian Ocean (PDF, 2.2MB)

Part 4: Roots

  1. Retracing His Footsteps (PDF, 1.5MB)
  2. Searching For Clues (PDF, 1.2MB)
  3. Our Mauritian Family Recipes (PDF, 518KB)
  4. Bishop Ryan’s Journal (PDF, 669KB)
  5. Uncovered Treasures (PDF, 3.1MB)

Part 5: The Legacy

  1. Great Southern Land (PDF, 814KB)
  2. Grampa’s Ways (PDF, 1.8MB)
  3. Going Forward Looking Back (PDF, 3.1MB)

Part 6: Appendices

Reviews

‘Nelson writes in a more autobiographical than academic style. His tone is warm and familial. Many of his stories are memories passed down by family members. The book is littered with notes from Robynne Nelson, his daughter, as she gives an alternative perspective, revealing her thoughts and frustrations in the research process, providing additional flourishes, detail and nuance. The interplay between the father’s and daughter’s voices brings a fresh dynamic feel; I felt I could hear them yarning together, interrupting at times, elaborating at others.’
—Laura Rademaker, Aboriginal History, Volume 38, 2014.
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Brenda Nelson's Cultural Map

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This map highlights all the places Brenda Nelson's family lived, and practised their cultural activities such as hunting and killing food to feed their family, collecting bush medicines, ceremonial plants, etc. Courtesy of Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) Cultural Mapping Program.

George Nelson's Cultural Map

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This map highlights all the places George Nelson's family lived, and practised their cultural activities such as hunting and killing food to feed their family, collected bush medicines, ceremonial plants, etc. Courtesy of Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation (YYNAC) Cultural Mapping Program.

Map of Mooroopna

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This map containing the details of who lived where, during the time that George's family lived on the Flat.

Map of the Flat

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This map containing the details of who lived where, during the time that George's family lived on the Flat.

Ron Morgan Book Launch

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Upon its publication, Ron Morgan's book launch was announced in this article in The Argus (Saturday 4 April, 1953).

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