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The struggle for aboriginal rights : a documentary history
Attwood, Bain.
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Publication Information:
St Leonards, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 1999.
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xxi, 375 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
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1440 Lexile.
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GN665 .A78 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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A unique record of the voices of Black Australia

Author Notes

Bain Attwood and Andrew Markus teach history at Monash University. They have been researching in the field of Aboriginal history for a combined forty years.

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This collection of sources from a wide range of written records and transcriptions from oral tradition supports accounts of strong Aboriginal resistance to white domination from the beginning of British colonialism. Early protests were made by Aborigines who gained literacy through contact with Christian missions. They argued for equal political rights and educational opportunities, decried the expropriation of Aboriginal land, and protested the forced removal of Aborigines to "protectorates." After the establishment of the Australian Commonwealth in 1901, campaigners tried to dispel the notion that Aborigines were "dying out" and that the best ought to be saved by complete assimilation into white society. Protests against the exploitation of Aboriginal women and the kidnaping of children were especially fierce. Aboriginal rights organizations proliferated, and by the mid-1970s the Whitlam government undertook "to restore to Aboriginal people ... their lost power of self-determination." In the Mabo case of 1992 the Australian High Court finally overturned the doctrine of terra nullius, which for two centuries had held that Australia was "empty" before the arrival of the British. This is an extremely significant contribution to our understanding of Australian history. Highly recommended for all collections. W. W. Reinhardt; Randolph-Macon College

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
1 The Nineteenth Centuryp. 30
Flinders Islandp. 37
Coranderrkp. 41
Malogap. 51
Poonindie, Point Mcleay and Point Pearcep. 54
2 1920s-1950sp. 58
New South Wales, Queensland and the Northern Territoryp. 65
South Australiap. 103
Western Australiap. 117
Victoriap. 141
3 1950s-1970sp. 170
Fcaa(tsi)p. 176
Freedom Ridep. 215
The Gurindji and Govep. 222
Black Power and Aboriginal Identityp. 239
4 1970s - 1998p. 276
Aboriginal Politics and Government in the 1970sp. 282
New Forms of Aboriginal Politics in the 1980sp. 297
Native Title, Reconciliation and a New Future?p. 330
Sources: Documents and Illustrationsp. 357
Indexp. 363