Unmaking Angas Downs - Myth and History on a Central Australian Pastoral Station

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Some stories dominate how we see and interpret a place, while others are obscured from view. Angas Downs is a pastoral station in Central Australia, but pastoralism is only a fraction of what has happened there. Like all places it has accrued people and stories, in multiple layers, over time. Unmaking Angas Downs traces a history of colonisation in Central Australia by tracking the rise and demise of a rural enterprise across half a century, as well as the complex and creative practices that transformed a cattle station into Country. It grapples with the question of how people experience profound dislocation and come to make a place for themselves in the wake of rupture. Angas Downs emerges as a place of dynamic interaction and social life – not only lived in, but also made by Anangu. 

Winner of the Prime Minister’s Literary Award – Australian History 2023. 


About the author:

Shannyn Palmer is a community-engaged practitioner, researcher and writer living and working on the Ancestral lands of the Ngunnawal and Ngambri peoples. She has a PhD in History from the ANU and works to develop community-engaged practice and enable meaningful intercultural conversations and collaborations.


Product details:

Author: Shannyn Palmer

Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing

Pages: 272

Dimensions: 234 x 154 x 22 mm

Format: Paperback

Publication date: 30 August 2022

ISBN: 9780522878387


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