1835 by James Boyce | Black Inc.

1835: The Founding of Melbourne & the Conquest of Australia

Awards for 1835

  • Winner, 2012 Age Book of the Year Award (Overall)
  • Winner, 2012 Age Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award
  • Winner, 2013 Tasmania Book Prize
  • Shortlisted, 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award
  • Shortlisted, 2011 WA Premier’s Book Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2012 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
  • Shortlisted, 2012 Queensland Literary Awards.
  • Shortlisted, 2013 Tasmanian Literary Prizes.

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About the author

James Boyce

James Boyce is a multi-award-winning historian. His first book, Van Diemen’s Land, was described by Richard Flanagan as ‘the most significant colonial history since The Fatal Shore’. He is also the editor of Inga Clendinnen

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Praise for 1835

‘Brilliantly researched and elegantly presented … Boyce has given us a remarkable insight into the way the land that was used by Indigenous peoples became reinscribed as white property, and how the authorities would use force to defend it as such.’ —Arena


‘These qualities [too numerous to list here] combine not only to make 1835 an important history, but also to confirm Boyce as an important voice in Australian history.’ —Australian Historical Studies


‘Boyce continually reminds us of the tragic social and humanitarian consequences of expanding white settlement for the continent’s original inhabitants.’ —Sun Herald


1835 is the best book on Australian history I have read since Van Diemen’s Land. James Boyce is on a roll.’ —Good Reading


‘Anyone who calls Melbourne home – in fact anyone who calls Australia home – should read this book.’ —Peter Mares

‘A first-class piece of historical writing. Boyce is a graceful and robust stylist and a fine storyteller.’ —Sunday Age


‘An eloquent and thought-provoking book.’ —Australian Book Review


‘A compelling work.’ —Melbourne Historical Journal


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Black and white photograph of Inga Clendinnen
Black and white photograph of Inga Clendinnen