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Survivor or fantasist? The myth of Eliza Fraser

February 6th, 2016

Episode 877 of 1214 episodes

Eliza Fraser's captivity narrative among the Butchulla people has compelled writers such as Patrick White and Michael Ondaatje, the painter Sidney Nolan and the artist Fiona Foley. After her rescue, Fraser told a darkly embellished story that's almost mythological. But what does the story tell us about power, mythmaking and the construction of Aboriginality in colonial storytelling?