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At the Heart of It …

Deepening Histories of Place ARC Linkage Project, Julia Torpey and Karen Maber officially launched At the Heart of It … Place stories across Darug and Gundungurra Lands: A Downloadable History on Saturday 9 November at the Blue Mountains Heritage Centre, Govetts Leap Road, Blackheath, Blue Mountains.



This is a free enhanced ebook located within the context of Ann McGrath’s and Peter Read’s ARC Linkage Project (LP100100427) “Deepening Histories of Place: Exploring Indigenous Landscapes of National and International Significance”, The Australian National University and Sydney University, 2011-2013.

PhD student Julia Torpey, who interviewed more than thirty Indigenous people about their histories and storytelling, produced it.  Some interviews have been selected here to appear in this ebook from the larger collection of filmed oral histories in place, in The Blue Mountains, Western Sydney and Sydney. This collection of films is not representative of a particular community organisation or ‘tribe’; it is representative of individual connection to place and history.

The films in this eBook are illustrative of the diversity of storytelling, history, identity and connection to landscape that are encountered with individual Indigenous people. The result is an ebook that walks and talks and performs history, bringing histories told closer to listeners, readers and viewers.

Copyright of the oral histories remains with the storytellers. The storytellers have agreed for their history to be downloadable, to be enjoyed in Country or elsewhere. Please look, listen and enjoy this history but do not copy, reproduce, sell or alter in any way.


At the Heart of It … is available through the iTunes Bookstore for use on iPads and laptops or desktop computers running OSX Mavericks:

Click here to download ‘At the Heart of It …’


If you have OSX Mavericks installed, you can double-click on the downloaded file and it will open up in the iBooks reader. Please allow a couple of minutes as the file is very large (1.2 gig) and it does take the iBooks reader in OSX Mavericks a short moment to process it for the first time.


Alternatively, if your iPad has a good connection to the internet and you have the iBooks app installed (it’s free in the app store), just click on the link above and it will download and open automatically via the iBooks reader. Be certain you have a good connection though as it will take while to get a 1.2gig file in this way.


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