Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World

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Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World
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Author Mudrooroo Nyoongah (Colin Johnson)
Cover artist Terry Yumbulul
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Historical novel
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication date
1983
Media type Paperback
Pages 207
ISBN 978-0-947062-02-6
OCLC 26559359
823/.54 22
LC Class PR9619.3.N32 D63 1983

Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World is an historical novel by Mudrooroo Nyoongah, first published in 1983.[1] Though the protagonist Wooreddy is fictional, the novel deals largely with the real-life George Augustus Robinson, who was sent by Great Britain to Tasmania to act as a conciliator between British settlers and the Tasmanian Aborigines. It also deals with his relationship with "Trugernanna," based on the real-life Trugernanner, the last full-blooded Tasmanian Aborigine. Throughout the narrative the violence of colonisation is documented and explored: "a clear parallel is established between the rape of the Tasmanian Aboriginal women and the metaphorical rape of their land, sacred sites and heritage."[2]

Characters[edit]

  • Wooreddy (Woorrady) - The main character of the novel, who befriends "Fader" Robinson.
  • Mr. Robinson (George Augustus Robinson) - Sent to Bruny Island to protect the Aborigines, later sent on an expedition to contact the natives on Tasmania and help bring them under British control. Known by the natives as "Meeter Ro-bin-un," "Fader," and "Ballawine."
  • Trugernanna (Trugernanner) - The second wife of Wooreddy who he knows from the start of puberty.
  • Mangana - Trugernanna's father, who helps educate Wooreddy. The last surviving man on Bruny Island, he recognizes the coming doom of his people.
  • Wayler - A female leader of a band of Aborigine guerrillas.
  • Ummarrah - An Aborigine from Tasmania who accompanies part of Robinson's expedition through his homeland. A prideful warrior, he was previously captured by the British and sneaks off the journey to return to his homeland, where he joins Wayler's raiding party.
  • Governor George Arthur - Governor of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania, Australia), a supporter of Robinson who aids his expedition.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rask Knudsen, Eva (2002). "Mission Completed? On Mudrooroo's Contribution to the Politics of". Missions of Interdependence: A Literary Directory. Rodopi Publishers. p. 322. Retrieved 2009-01-22. 
  2. ^ Shoemaker, Adam (1989). Black Words White Page: Aboriginal literature 1929-1988. Brisbane: UQP. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-7022-2149-1. 
  • Mudrooroo Nyoongah, Doctor Wooreddy's Prescription for Enduring the Ending of the World ISBN 978-0-947062-02-6