'A most dangerous character': the remarkable life of Yonki Yonka

Brian Wills-Johnson

Research output: ThesisMaster's Thesis

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This thesis presents an historical biography of a nineteenth century Boon Wurrung man, Yonki Yonka (c.1823-1846) , from the Port Phillip district of south-eastern Australia. Kidnapped as a child and taken to the Bass Strait islands, he later worked as a shepherd in Western Australia and South Australia, and in 1841 returned to his Country and his people. He immediately abandoned most of his European habits and returned to his traditional life, resisting the authority of the Port Phillip colonisers. The thesis focuses on how Yonki Yonka responded socially and psychologically to the colonisation of his Country by Europeans.
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date20 Oct 2017
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017


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