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Cage of ghosts / Jon Rhodes
Bib ID 7762233
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Rhodes, Jon, 1947- author
Description [Thora, New South Wales] : Darkwood, 2018 
ix, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9780646964157 (hardback)

Cage of Ghosts is a landmark publication. In this richly illustrated and thought-provoking book, photographer and writer Jon Rhodes takes the reader on a search for reminders of the almost invisible Indigenous presence in south-eastern Australia, where the impact of European settlement has been the most intense. Without making a conscious effort, it’s possible to travel all over this part of Australia, in contrast to the Centre, and never come across any significant Aboriginal places. Or to ever realise that, only a little over two centuries ago, hundreds of distinct tribes of hunter-gatherers had occupied this land for many thousands of years.

Full contents
  • 1. The French or George French Angas?
  • 2. Mr Campbell's obsession
  • 3. Walk by Bondi
  • 4. Regrooved in 1964
  • 5. Big man and two women
  • 6. The caged carved trees of Collymongle
  • 7. Bunjil's cage
  • 8. Wanniassa's war memorials.

Also issued in two limited editions, created by replacing the cover and dust jacket of the first edition hardback with alternative bindings. The first is a black leather-bound, signed edition of 10 (with the title debossed on cover and spine); and the second is a black cloth-bound, signed limited edition of 35 (with the title debossed in pearl white on the cover and spine). Both limited editions have a deep red buckram-covered slipcase and silk ribbon, with one of Jon Rhodes’ hand-printed, silver-gelatin, fibre-based, black and white photographs, titled ‘And the Trees Grew Up Dancing,’ dry-mounted opposite the title page, and protected front and back by acid-free barrier paper. The title page is signed and edition numbered by Jon Rhodes. David Pool at Wildash Book Service, Murrumbeena, Melbourne, Victoria, bound these copies of the book and made the slipcases.

National Library of Australia’s SR copy is no.4/10 of the leather-bound limited edition, numbered and signed by Jon Rhodes.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Awards NSW Premier’s History Prize: NSW Community and Regional History 2019 Winner. 
Subjects Cage of Ghosts (Exhibition) 2007 National Library of Australia, Canberra.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Antiquities.  |  Historic sites -- Australia.  |  Photography in art -- Exhibitions.  |  National Library of Australia -- Exhibitions.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Social life and customs -- Exhibitions  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors National Library of Australia


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