1. A Climate of Receptivity -- 2. The Progress of Discovery -- 3. Agents and Agency -- 4. 'A Complex of Narratives' -- 5. 'The Dream-like Arrangements of Romance' -- 6. Scapegoats and Figureheads -- 7. Investing in a Legend -- 8. Literary and Artistic Versions -- 9. Liam Davison's Novel The White Woman
During the 1840s, in the fledgling settlement of Port Phillip, a rumour arose that a white woman was being held captive by Aborigines in the Gipps Land bush. This book explores contemporary concerns about Australian identity and black-white relationships, and provides a valuable case study of "settler society"