Family History

goori-bugg dreaming


Exploring the journey of Charlotte (Birrpai Goori woman) and James Bugg (her English convict husband), and their descendants through to today, with reflections on the law of the seven generations.

Established by Royal Charter, the Australian Agricultural Company in 1826, commenced the invasion and dispossession of the Worimi and Birrpai peoples. The company’s success was vested in an ongoing supply of convicts. Among them, James Bugg uniquely entered a relationship with a Birrpai woman, Charlotte. Remarkably, they raised 8 children amid frontier hostilities, and exploitation of Aboriginal, convict, Chinese and Chilean workers. Goori-Bugg Dreaming traces their lives, and those of seven generations of descendants, highlighting resourcefulness, adaptability and stoicism. It is a pioneering text for family historians and those interested in the invasion and colonization of Australia’s First Nations Peoples.

  • Specs:
    240 x 170mm; Soft Cover
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  • Author:
    John Heath
  • Publisher:
    GBD Names

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