In this historical novel, author Julie Janson presents an important era in Australia’s history from a First Nations' perspective.
Benevolence interweaves historical events and characters – shattering stereotypes and putting a human face to this First Nations' perspective.
With an authentic depiction of the atmosphere, milieu and identity ambiguity in the early days of the Sydney white colony, Benevolence is told from the perspective of Darug woman, Muraging (Mary James), born around 1813.
Muraging’s was one of the earliest Darug generations to experience the impact of British colonisation. At an early age Muraging is given over to the Parramatta Native School by her Darug father. From here she embarks on a journey of discovery and a search for a safe place to make her home. The novel spans the years 1816-35 and is set around the Hawkesbury River area (the home of the Darug people), Parramatta and Sydney.