The Hidden History of a Murder in Outback Australia
On Sale: July 26, 2022
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Inside Cardboard Box 39 at the South Australian
Museum’s storage facility lies the forgotten skull of
an Aboriginal man who died eighty-five years before. His
misspelled name is etched on the crown, but the many bones
in boxes around him remain unidentified. Who was Yokununna,
and how did he die? His story reveals the layered,
exploitative white Australian mindset that has long rendered
Aboriginal reality all but invisible.
When policeman Bill McKinnon’s Aboriginal prisoners
escape in 1934, he’s determined to get them back.
Tracking them across the so called "dead heart" of the
country, he finds the men at Uluru, a sacred rock formation.
What exactly happened there remained a mystery, even after a
Commonwealth inquiry. But Mark McKenna’s research
uncovers new evidence, getting closer to the truth,
revealing glimpses of indigenous life, and demonstrating the
importance of this case today. Using McKinnon’s
private journal entries, McKenna paints a picture of the
police officer's life to better understand how white
Australians treat the center of the country and its
Return to Uluru dives
deeply into one cold case. But it also provides a searing
indictment of the historical white supremacy still present
in Australia—and has fascinating, illuminating
parallels to the growing racial justice movements in the
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