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Born: Established: 1964 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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1 I Love Reading New Books but I Find Equal Joy in Rediscovering Old Friends – or Frenemies Paul Daley , 2021 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 23 June 2021;

'One new friend is Charmian Clift’s Mermaid Singing, a memoir of trauma and self-discovery and a reminder of what could have been.'

1 Uluru : A Rock That Plagues Australia’s Conscience Paul Daley , 2021 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 24 May 2021;

'Mark McKenna’s short, elegant book Return to Uluru gazes inwards to the continental interior, metaphor for a nation’s yearning.'

1 y separately published work icon Jesustown Paul Daley , Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21836915 2021 single work novel

'From award-winning journalist Paul Daley comes a gripping multi-generational saga about Australian frontier violence and cultural theft that will capture the national imagination.

'Morally bankrupt popular historian Patrick Renmark leaves London in disgrace after the accidental death of his infant son. With one card left to play, he takes a commission to write the biography of his pioneering anthropologist grandfather.

'With no enthusiasm and even less integrity, Patrick travels to the former mission town in Australia's far north where his grandfather famously brokered 'peace' between the Indigenous people of the area and the white constabulary.

'Of course nothing is as it seems, or as Patrick wants it to be. Unable to lay his own son to rest, Patrick unwillingly becomes part of local lawyer Jericho Bakerman's quest to return the settlement's ancestral remains to Country.' (Publication summary)

1 Fault Lines at the Australian War Memorial Paul Daley , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 80 no. 1 2021;

'When contemplating the historical efficacy of this nation’s secular shrine, the Australian War Memorial, it is best to stand out front in the middle of Anzac Parade, look up towards Mount Ainslie and imagine what was originally intended.' (Introduction)

1 The Australian Book to Read Next : A Cartload of Clay by George Johnston Paul Daley , 2020 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 6 July 2020;

'I frequently reread the Australian novels of my youth – and few more so than George Johnston’s autobiographical “Meredith Trilogy” of My Brother Jack, Clean Straw for Nothing and A Cartload of Clay.' (Introduction)

1 Leah Purcell on Reinventing The Drover's Wife Three Times: 'I Borrowed and Stole from Each' Paul Daley , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 22 December 2019;

— Review of The Drover's Wife : The Legend of Molly Johnson Leah Purcell , 2019 single work novel

'The actor, playwright and screenwriter’s first novel solidifies her take on Henry Lawson’s classic: first a play, now a book, soon a film'

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1 On Cook Paul Daley , 2019 single work biography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 78 no. 4 2019; (p. 62-78)

'Kurnell is a no-fuss, unpretentious place given that it’s supposed to be the cradle of the nation. Stretching along a promontory that looks like a witch’s finger pointing west from the southern shore of Botany Bay, opposite Sydney Airport, Kurnell is a hotchpotch sprawl of fibro modesty and glass-and-steel ambition, where trailered speedboats rest on the verges and Aussie flags snap on front-yard poles. Nestled in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell overlooks a mass of water lacking the frenetic beauty of luminous sails and green and gold ferries, and of some of the international signature structures of modernity, that characterise that other vast nearby inlet that the colonists instead chose as the harbour for their penal settlement.' (Introduction)

1 George Johnston's 'Majesties of Nature and Monstrosities of Man' Is My Sydney Paul Daley , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 October 2019;

'Fifty years after Clean Straw for Nothing won the prodigal Australian writer George Johnston a second Miles Franklin award, the novel has aged as a rich critique of social change, cultural complacency and the rise of smug nationalism in Menzies-era Australia.' (Introduction)

1 Tony Birch on The White Girl : ‘No Aboriginal Person I Know Is Intact’ Paul Daley (interviewer), 2019 single work interview
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 7 June 2019;

'Birch’s new novel is an allegory of good, evil and the legacy of Australia’s colonial past – with strong black women at its core.'

1 A Change in the Political Weather?: Forecasting the Future of Climate Policy Paul Daley , 2019 single work prose
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 63 2019; (p. 73-87)

'In recent years, a figure has begun to emerge from the dark recesses of Australia's colonial history - one of the most progressive and courageous people from Queensland's violent pastoral and logging frontier. Danish-born Carl Feilberg was a journalist and fiction writer of elegance, an environmentalist and Indigenous rights campaigner who confronted Queensland's politicians and their vested pastoral and logging interests with ugly truths about their killing of the country and its custodians. Feilberg is colonial Queensland's most notable early non-Indigenous human rights activist, and perhaps this continent's first campaigning environmentalist; yet he has remained an obscure figure until recently because most of his advocacy appeared anonymously, without by-line, in a range of Queensland newspapers.' (Publication abstract)


1 As the Toll of Australia’s Frontier Brutality Keeps Climbing, Truth Telling Is Long Overdue Paul Daley , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 4 March 2019;

'The myth of benign, peaceful settlement persists today – even as historians reveal a far more sinister picture.'

1 'Wholesale Massacre' : Carl Feilberg Exposed the Ugly Truth of the Australian Frontier Paul Daley , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 21 September 2018;

'During his short life Danish-born Carl Feilberg risked more than any other Australian journalist or author to expose the brutality against Indigenous people on the ultra-violent Queensland colonial frontier of the late 19th century.' (Introduction)

1 Enduring Traditions of Aboriginal Protest : Truth-telling Amid the Dark Shadows of History Paul Daley , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , no. 60 2018; (p. 67-81)

'Nobody seemed quite capable of distinguishing John Noble from Jimmy Clements when the pair turned up for the royal opening of the new Commonwealth Parliament building in Canberra. It was Monday, 9 May 1927. And as far as European Australia was concerned, the original inhabitants of the Limestone Plains, upon which Canberra was imposed, were extinct – vanished.' (Introduction)

1 Revealed : How Australian Spies Filmed Indigenous Activists during the Cold War Paul Daley , 2018 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 February 2018;

'In the early 1950s, as acute cold war paranoia about possible communist infiltration began dominating Australian politics, the next generation of Indigenous activists took their equality fight to Europe.' (Introduction)

1 Travel and Endless Talk Connected Me to Details Chatwin’s Songlines Missed Paul Daley , 2017 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 16 October 2017;

'Bruce Chatwin’s book opened my mind to Indigenous spiritual belief. I’ve since learned to glimpse beyond his take on ‘songlines’.' 

1 Australia in Three Books Paul Daley , 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 76 no. 1 2017; (p. 19-22)
'I’ve chosen authors born in the twentieth century, whose work was published over a span of not quite half a century, from 1941 to the year of the bicentenary, 1988. I know: I’ve chosen three books published over some 47 years when there’s almost another 230 colonial and post-colonial years and, of course, 60,000 more with rich stories of continental habitation to choose from.' (Introduction)
1 Indigenous Songlines : A Beautiful Way to Think about the Confluence of Story and Time Paul Daley , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 4 July 2016;
'The theme of Naidoc week this week is songlines. For the uninitiated – and that is most non-Indigenous Australians – songlines challenge the way we think about history. ...'
1 Driving Mr Menzies : How Alf Stafford, Gamilaroi and Darug Man, Stamped His Presence on the Capital Paul Daley , 2016 single work biography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 75 no. 1 2016; (p. 26-36)

Paul Daley recounts the life of Alf Stafford.

1 National Library's Trove : A Great Digital Democracy under Threat Paul Daley , 2016 single work column
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 March 2016;
'Australian writers, historians and amateurs for whom the digital aggregator is an invaluable resource have taken to social media to defend their treasure from budget cuts. Their simple message: #fundTrove.'
1 Surveillance Paul Daley , 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: FourW New Writing Twenty-Seven , no. 27 2016; (p. 18-24)