Black Diggers

Black Diggers

by

Tom Wright

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The name of a town, a tall mountain, and a mountain range in the northeast of Australia, in the state of Queensland. This region is the site of the first and historically oldest scene of Black Diggers, in which a group of white settlers hoping to take control of the land slaughter all the natives living there—except for the young Nigel, who is saved by a Taxidermist just before the others are about to murder him.

Bellender Ker, Queensland Quotes in Black Diggers

The Black Diggers quotes below are all either spoken by Bellender Ker, Queensland or refer to Bellender Ker, Queensland. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Australian Nationhood and Indigenous Dispossession Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Playlab edition of Black Diggers published in 2015.
Act One Quotes

Full-blood, too. Unusual. Perfect specimen. And if I’d been only five minutes later … it’s all chance, and fate. [To the baby] Look at you. Back from the dead, if only you knew it.

Related Characters: Taxidermist (speaker), Nigel
Page Number: 14
Explanation and Analysis:

NIGEL: Father, what happened to my aborigine parents?

TAXIDERMIST: You know that, little man. They died.

NIGEL: How did they die?

TAXIDERMIST: I’ll tell you one day. Look, a chimpanzee. They are our closest relatives.

NIGEL: Why not now?

TAXIDERMIST: Because you’re not ready yet.

NIGEL: Ready for what?

TAXIDERMIST: The world—the bigger, grown-up world—is a complicated, difficult place. You should enjoy every moment of your childhood. Plenty of time for truth later.

Related Characters: Nigel (speaker), Taxidermist (speaker)
Page Number: 19-20
Explanation and Analysis:
Act Two Quotes

Tarzan. At the Empire. Tarzan, man of the apes. The ape man. Tarzan. Ape. Man. Lowland Gorilla. From Zanzibar. Ape. Man.

He stops, has a surreptitious swig from a bottle. Stands still, watching people rush past him.

Sorry Dad.

Related Characters: Nigel (speaker), Taxidermist
Page Number: 90
Explanation and Analysis:
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Bellender Ker, Queensland Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term Bellender Ker, Queensland appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act One
Australian Nationhood and Indigenous Dispossession Theme Icon
Racism Theme Icon
It is the year 1887 in Bellender Ker, Queensland . A group of white settlers are, by force, clearing an area of natives. Thinking... (full context)