THE RED CHIEF As Told By The Last Of His Tribe ION L. IDRIESS 1953

THE RED CHIEF: As Told by the Last of his Tribe. By Ion L. Idriess, Published by Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1953.


Historical Fiction Novel


Ion Llewellyn Idriess, (1889-1979) was a prolific and influential Australian author. Book by Ion Idriess about Gambu Ganuurru or Red Kangaroo, a tribal leader in the Gunnedah region in the 18th century prior to European settlement. 


The young warrior Red Kangaroo becomes a chief of his tribe – the Red Chief of the Gunnedah district. His story is handed down through the generations of his tribe and given by the last survivor, Bungaree, to the white settlers of the district.


Bungaree reportedly told the story of the Red Chief to a police officer, Senior Sgt John Ewing in the early 19th century. Notes of this talk were taken by Ewin's son Stan and wound up in the possession of a historian, who sent them to Idriess, who decided to write the book.

Red cover with gilt spine title. Secure binding with clean pages. Nice price clipped jacket has surface wear marks at bottom spine edge. About 8-3/4 x 5-1/2 with 226 pages.


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