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ARABANA and the GHAN

ARABANA and the GHAN

By Michael Duke

Paperback / softback | ISBN 9781925826289

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The Old Ghan was a magnificent feat of engineering, taking steam trains through an arid landscape from Adelaide to the centre of Australia. It was built and ran from 1884 to 1983. On Arabana land from Marree to Oodnadatta, that Aboriginal people helped survey then work upon the railway line. They were fettlers, gangers, locomotive engineers, yardmaster, train inspectors, train cleaners, shunters. They got equal pay from the 1920s, unlike most other Aboriginal people. The railway helped them stay on country, transact traditional business but also leap into modernity. Their story belies the assumption of universal dispossession and exclusion.

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Format: Paperback / softback
ISBN: 9781925826289
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Publisher: Connor Court Publishing Pty Ltd
Number of pages: 240
Width (mm): 148
Height (mm): 210
Depth (mm): 13

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