Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Bill Rosser: 1927-2002

Academic journal article Australian Aboriginal Studies

Bill Rosser: 1927-2002

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Bill Rosser was published by UQP in 1990, his book being Up Rode the Troopers: The Black Police in Queensland. It was a successful book and garnered Bill much praise.

While I did not know Bill well, I did get to know him a little when he journeyed with us out to Charleville and back on The Writers Train during 1991. In the company of such writers as Tom Keneally, Tim Winton, Thea Astley and Janette Turner Hospital, Bill gave an Aboriginal dimension to the journey. He told us stories of that country out west that caused all of us to be pensive at times. Stories of the brutal dispersal and dispossession of the Aboriginal peoples, stories so powerful that when he read them from Up Rode the Troopers in the public halls along the way, caused brows to furrow, and the country people to feel for the terrible truth he showed them.

For all that Bill was a cheerful bloke, with a smile at the ready and a willing participant in whatever presented itself. …

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