“If the Aboriginal people of Australia were the first people on Earth, then the world would have never known about them,” says Ian Daley.
“They are the ones who invented agriculture and settled down in what is now Tasmania.
The only people who have really been there, and lived there for a long time, are the Aboriginal Australians.”
A new book, The First Australians, is set to be published in January by Penguin Books.
This is the second in a series of books on the First Australians by the Sydney-based author, who has also written The First Peoples of Australia: The Story of Australia’s First People, published in 2011 by the Australian National University Press.
It tells the story of the first Australians, the people who arrived in the Western Australian Territory from the New World in about 3000 BC.
They settled along the coast, but became known as the First People when they became the first to settle in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1837.
“In the early 1800s, they had no way of communicating with other people,” says Daley, who is a professor of history at Sydney University.
“We had a language called ‘the language of the land’, and we used to have a lot of English.
They were very self-sufficient, so they would make their own clothes and have their own food. “
The First Australians’ culture was very much about being independent.
They were very self-sufficient, so they would make their own clothes and have their own food.
They weren’t afraid of anyone.
They had a very strong sense of community and a sense of place, and they were very comfortable living in the bush.”
For the first 100 years of its existence, the Territory was under the jurisdiction of the Indian Board of Australia (IBOA).
But in 1836, the Queensland government tried to pass a law which would have allowed the Territory to become a self-governing nation.
The Territory resisted, and the IBOA had to intervene.
It was the first of many attempts to break the Territory’s control.
“I think it was the most significant event in Australian history, in terms of a breach of sovereignty,” Daley says.
“There was a whole series of acts of violence that were taken against the Aboriginal community and the First Peoples, and in many ways they were the most successful of all the conflicts that have occurred in Australian society in recent times.”
The first people to settle on the mainland were the Inuit, whose ancestors arrived in Australia around 10,000 years ago.
They moved to the Murray Islands in the north-west Pacific in 1872.
The Inuit were nomadic hunter-gatherers, and their culture and language were different from those of the Australian people.
Indigenous people have lived in Australia for at least 1,000 generations, but the First people were among the first indigenous Australians to settle permanently on the continent.
Daley was one of the founding members of the Inuits in 1884.
They travelled all over the continent, from New Zealand to Chile, to find their own homelands.
They came up with the first way to communicate with each other.
“What we do is we make up words, and we pronounce words, but we also tell them when to go to sleep, when to get up, and when to eat,” he says.
It took more than 400 years for the First Australian tribes to establish a homeland in the Northern Territory.
“When the First peoples arrived in Western Australia, they took over the territory, and that is what has been the basis of Aboriginal culture in Western Australian history,” Daly says.
After a few years of living in Western Sydney, Daley moved to Tasmania in the late 1980s, where he spent several years working as a historian.
“It was a really interesting period, because they had a different way of living, and a different kind of knowledge, and I think that is why they have such a different culture, because we don’t have that same kind of history.”
“In my research I’ve found that they were a very diverse group.
I’ve looked at some of the more traditional cultures, the Inuvialuit, the Aboriginal culture, the New Guinea culture, but also the more modern cultures, like Chinese, Japanese, and so on,” he continues.
“These are cultures that were very much a result of the different ways of living they were living in.”
It was during this period that Daley’s wife, Carol, decided to set up her own research project.
The book is titled The First Australian People: A History.
“My wife Carol was always interested in the origins of Aboriginal people, and she wanted to understand what people knew about the First Aboriginal people,” Dyson says.
So he began the research, digging into the records of the Aboriginal Museum in the town of Tindall.
He found documents about the Inuktitut culture, and about the indigenous language, the Cree.