The Yalda Crossing

The Yalda Crossing Author : Noel Beddoe
Country : Australia

The Yalda Crossing (2012) is a fictionalization of first-contact history as it occured in the early 1830s near Sydney, which recounts the violence of the colonisation process and the local Indigenous response to that.

The Yalda Crossing (2012) is a fictionalization of first-contact history as it occured in the early 1830s near Sydney, which recounts the violence of the colonisation process and the local Indigenous response to that. The story is told in flashback by ‘Young James’ Beckett, now in the late 1870s a successful trader and merchant in Sydney, who is trying to come to terms with his younger years after the bushman Lancaster reappears in his life. The Beckett family had set out on a convict expedition guided by Lancaster, and managed to secure land and start the pastoral holding Yalda Waters due to Lancaster’s mediation with the Wiradjuri people in the Morrombidgee River area. Yet, in spite of this peaceful settlement, Young James would soon find out they would never really belong, as he learnt through his contact with the Wiradjuri man Tomawirra. More white settlers would come and crowd the land and disrupt the delicate balance between the Wiradjuri and the Becketts, destroying hunting grounds and sacred sites. The Wiradjuri struck back targetting the settlers and their cattle, and events would get totally out of hand, haunting Young James for the rest of his life.

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