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Return to Uluru : the hidden history of a murder in outback Australia  Cover Image Book Book

Return to Uluru : the hidden history of a murder in outback Australia / Mark McKenna.


"Inside Cardboard Box 39 at the South Australian Museum's storage facility lies the forgotten skull of an Aboriginal man who died eighty-five years before. His misspelled name is etched on the crown, but the many bones in boxes around him remain unidentified. Who was Yokununna, and how did he die? His story reveals the layered, exploitative white Australian mindset that has long rendered Aboriginal reality all but invisible. When policeman Bill McKinnon's Aboriginal prisoners escape in 1934, he's determined to get them back. Tracking them across the so called "dead heart" of the country, he finds the men at Uluru, a sacred rock formation. What exactly happened there remained a mystery, even after a Commonwealth inquiry. But Mark McKenna's research uncovers new evidence, getting closer to the truth, revealing glimpses of indigenous life, and demonstrating the importance of this case today. Using McKinnon's private journal entries, McKenna paints a picture of the police officer's life to better understand how white Australians treat the center of the country and its inhabitants."--Inside front jacket flap
"Return to Uluru explores the cold case that strikes at the heart of Australia's white supremacy-the death of an Aboriginal man in 1934; the iconic life of a white, "outback" police officer; and the continent's most sacred and mysterious landmark"-- Provided by publisher

Item details

  • ISBN: 9780593185773
  • ISBN: 0593185773
  • Physical Description: x, 243 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Dutton, Penguin Random House LLC, [2022]

Contents / Notes

General Note:
Includes index.
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The story of Kuniya and Liru -- Part one : The dead heart? Yokununna -- "More or less lonely and friendly people" -- Dust and bullets -- A domain of the imagination -- Part two : Investigations. Commonwealth officers -- Round trips -- "I am Uluru" -- Part three : Songs of the center. Shot to hit -- Statement from the living heart -- Desert oak no. 1.
Subject: McKinnon, Bill.
McKenna, Mark, 1959-
Aboriginal Australians > Australia > Uluru/Ayers Rock (N.T.)
Aboriginal Australians > Australia > Uluru/Ayers Rock (N.T.) > Death.
Police shootings > Australia > Uluru/Ayers Rock (N.T.) > History > 20th century.
Cold cases (Criminal investigation) > Australia > Uluru/Ayers Rock (N.T.)
Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of.
Aboriginal Australians > Social conditions.
Aboriginal Australians > History.
Uluru/Ayers Rock (N.T.) > History > 20th century.
Uluru/Ayers Rock (N.T.) > History.
Australia > Race relations.
Australiens (Aborigènes), Attitudes envers les.
Australiens (Aborigènes) > Histoire.
Ayers Rock (T. du N.) > Histoire > 20e siècle.
Ayers Rock (T. du N.) > Histoire.
Australie > Relations raciales.
Genre: History.
True crime stories.
True crime stories.
Récits criminels.

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