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A White Hot Flame
A White Hot Flame

A White Hot Flame

Mary Montgomerie Bennett - Author, Educator, Activist for Indigenous Justice

Australian History


468 Pages, 6 x 9.25

Formats: Trade Paper, PDF

Trade Paper, $34.95 (US $34.95) (CA $48.00)

Publication Date: March 2018

ISBN 9781925523188

Rights: US & CA

Monash University Publishing (Mar 2018)

Price: $34.95


"A white hot flame indeed - here is an important contribution to our national story." --Kim Scott *** Mary Montgomerie Bennett (1881-1961) is an important but under-recognised figure in Australian history. A member of a successful squatting family, she became a voice for reform at a time when Aboriginal Australians had their citizens' rights curtailed by repressive state laws. From her late forties until her death she fought for justice on behalf of the first Australians. She was a teacher, a writer and an advocate. She vehemently opposed the separating, on racial grounds, of Aboriginal children from their families. She put the case, decades before campaigns began, for Aboriginal rights to traditional lands. And she argued for citizenship rights, including equal pay and access to old age pensions for Aboriginal people. A friend described her as 'a white hot flame', relentless in pursuit of a better world for the people she loved. This first full-length biography seeks the sources of Mary's inspiring energy, maintained throughout her life, in her family background and early life experiences. (Series: Australian History) [Subject: History, Aboriginal Studies, Politics, Australian Studies]