Burke’s Company


Published in Plays of the 60s: Volume 3

Burke's Company is a 'play of disillusion', writes Katharine Brisbane, which looks at 'the blindness of European exploiters like Robert O'Hara Burke who failed to manage his company or listen to their voices; and refused to acknowledge the Aborigines' offers of salvation. Burke's dream is to conquer the land, by traversing it from south to north. He wants their exploits gloriously recorded in Wills' writings. A play about class - in this case the moneyed class—for whom discipline is a tool of survival not always placed in the safest hands.'

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