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Henry Reynolds

Henry Reynolds is one of Australia’s most recognised historians. He grew up in Hobart and was educated at Hobart High School and the University of Tasmania. In 1965, he accepted a lectureship at the University College of Townsville (now James Cook University), which sparked an interest in the history of relations between settlers and Aboriginal people. In 2000, he took up a professorial fellowship at the University of Tasmania. His pioneering work has changed the way we see the intertwining of black and white history in Australia. His books with NewSouth include The Other Side of the Frontier (reissue); What’s Wrong with Anzac? (as co-author); Forgotten War, which won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction; Unnecessary Wars; This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited and most recently Truth-Telling: History, Sovereignty and the Uluru Statement.

Books from this author
August 2021
During Tasmania’s gruesome Black War of 1823-31, Tongerlongeter led the most effective Aboriginal resistance campaign in Australian history. His Oyster Bay Nation of southeast Tasmania and his ally Montpelliatta’s Big River Nation of central Tasmania embarked on 710 attacks, killing 182 colonists and wounding a further 176.
February 2021
Unnecessary Wars
April 2016
'Australian governments find it easy to go to war. Their leaders seem to be able to withdraw with a calm conscience, answerable neither to God nor humanity.'
This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited
August 2018
'How is it our minds are not satisfied? What means this whispering in the bottom of our hearts?'
Forgotten War
July 2022
Influential historian Henry Reynolds returns with this new edition of Forgotten War, which questions the conspicuous absence of the frontier wars from our official military history and public memory.
The Other Side of the Frontier
August 2006
Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero, new edition
November 2022
An epic story of resistance, suffering and survival. Tongerlongeter resurrects a once-in-a-generation leader all Australians can admire.