Historical information

The white woman of Gippsland, or the captive woman of Gippsland, was supposedly a European woman rumoured to have been held against her will by Aboriginal people in the Gippsland region of Australia in the 1840s.
Liam Patrick Davison (29 July 1957 – 17 July 2014) was an Australian novelist and reviewer. He was born in Melbourne, where, until 2007, he taught creative writing at the Chisholm Institute in Frankston. Davison and his wife Frankie, a teacher at Toorak College, were both killed on 17 July 2014 aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
This, his third novel, was shortlisted for both The Age Book of the Year and the Victorian Premier’s Awards.


This is a useful research tool on the history of indigenous and settler relationships in early Gippsland.

Physical description

A book titled "The White Woman" by Liam Davison. It is the story of the search for the lost white woman in Gippsland, Victoria, 1846. The cover has a black and white picture of forest with the title in white print.

Inscriptions & markings

Bottom left corner - orange sticker Orbost Secondary College