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This Whispering In Our Hearts
This phrase is taken from the title of this book by Henry Reynolds who takes it from a speech delivered by Richard Windeyer as part of a five-night debate carried out in September 1842. Henry Reynolds describes the speech, called ‘On the Rights of the Aborigines of Australia’, as "perhaps the most sustained and intellectually powerful attack on Aboriginal rights ever mounted in early colonial Australia." (p.20). Certainly it was felt at the time that Windeyer’s speech for the negative side had carried the day:
And yet, after denouncing traditional Aboriginal society, and insisting that they had no claim on the land, Windeyer admitted at the end of his speech.
"How is it that our minds are not satisfied? …What means this whispering in the bottom of our hearts?" (cited in Reynolds p. 21)