Author Talk – Peter Dowling “Fatal Contact”

The National Trust (ACT) and the Friends of the National Library of Australia are pleased to host a talk by Dr Peter Dowling about his recent book Fatal Contact: How Epidemics Nearly Wiped Out Australia’s First Peoples. See

This ‘study leaves us in no doubt that imported diseases afflicted large numbers of people, resulting in their deaths, debility and sterility, ultimately leading to population depletion.’ (Dr Charmain Robson, UNSW)

‘a truth unremembered in a process of historical amnesia labelled the “great Australian silence” by anthropologist W.E.H. Stanner’ (Dr Cassandra Pybus in The Conversation)

Venue: National Library of Australia Theatre

$15 Members of National Trust (ACT), Friends of the National Library, Canberra and District Historical Society and Canberra Archaeological Society
$20 Non-members