Uncommon Ground brings together a collection of essays about the complex roles played by white women in Australian Indigenous histories. Each chapter highlights the work of a woman involved in Aboriginal issues, and with Aboriginal people, in a particular historical context. They include unknown and prominent public figures, activists, writers, and workers in missionary groups and administration (for instance Mary Bennett, Elizabeth Durack and Elizabeth McKenzie-Hatton), as well as leading Aboriginal woman activist (Pearl Gibbs) who worked closely with contemporary white feminists. The four thematic parts include: ‘The Home Front’: personal and domestic relationships, highlighting the prominence of the ‘home’ as institution as well as refuge in such cross-cultural relationships; ‘Shared Struggle’: collaborative relationships; ‘Public Lives’: addressing white women who took on public roles with regard to Aboriginal issues; and ‘Knowing the Aborigines’: the ambiguous roles played by white women who claimed the knowledge to represent Aboriginal people and issues, and who have had various impacts upon Aboriginal histories as a result. These lively and critical biographical studies trace the motivations, actions and impact of these women.