Sarah Krasnostein is the multi-award-winning author of The Trauma Cleaner, The Believer and Quarterly Essay Not Waving, Drowning. Her writing has appeared in magazines and journals in Australia, the United Kingdom and America. She holds a doctorate in criminal law.


“Australians today are a complacent people but our boast of living in a lucky country [is] at times just strident enough to betray that we cannot yet take our material comforts utterly for granted,” wrote J.P. Parkinson, a psychiatrist, forty years ago in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry. He continued, “It would be surprising if we could, considering it is less than two hundred years since our European forebears were regarding a harsh and barren land with horror and despair. John White, principal surgeon of the First Fleet and of the colony of New South Wales, called the country a ‘place so forbidding and so hateful as only to merit execrations and curses – a source of expense to the mother country and of evil and misfortune to its inhabitants.’ Is there any link across perhaps a mere four or five generations between that view and our own?”
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