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Truganini is the winner of the National Biography Award 2021

Truganini is the winner of the National Biography Award 2021

Acclaimed author Cassandra Pybus has been awarded the 2021 National Biography Award for her book Truganini.

The award recognises and celebrates the best work across biography, autobiography and memoir writing. The winner, Cassandra Pybus was awarded a prize of $25,000 for her remarkable account of Nuenonne woman, Truganini.

Th judges praised the work, agreeing that ‘Truganini is the standout work in an impressive field. The restoration of its subject elevates this book. Truganini’s voice has been lost in the self-serving narrative of modern Australia. Reclamation is an outstanding accomplishment for any subject, and a thrilling one for an Indigenous woman who stood against an empire.’

Check out our full review of the book here:

‘Do we have, at last, the definitive story of Truganini, who found fame as the ‘last of the Tasmanian Aborigines’ when she died in 1876?

Pybus, a distinguished historian and author of 12 books, is descended from the colonist who in 1829 received the largest free land grant on Truganini’s traditional country of Bruny Island, Tasmania. She admits that much written and said about Truganini is myth and fabrication. Pybus believes that Australians should know how this Aboriginal woman lived, not simply that she died.’