Mountford, B. (2017). "the match is in the spinifex": the Gurindji walk off and frank hardy's the unlucky Australians. D. Davies, E. Lombard, B. Mountford. Fighting Words: Fifteen Books That Shaped the Postcolonial World 215-230. Uniteed Kingdom: Peter Lang Publishing. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.3726/b13185
During the 1960s author Frank Hardy played an important role in the Wave Hill Walk Off – when a group of Aboriginal stockmen and their families embarked on one of the longest strikes in Australian history. Hardy’s account of the Walk Off, The Unlucky Australians (1968), carried the story of the Gurindji people and their demand for improved pay and conditions – and ultimately the return of their traditional lands – to readers across Australia. While scholars have devoted considerable attention to the domestic impact, literary merits and historical accuracy of Hardy’s book, however, we know relatively little about its international resonance. This chapter sets out to revisit The Unlucky Australians and to locate Hardy’s work in relation to a broader transnational discourse on race and resistance during the 1960s and 1970s
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