Book review of "The protectors: a journey through whitefella past" by Stephen Gray, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, NSW, Australia
McGregor, Russell (2012) Book review of "The protectors: a journey through whitefella past" by Stephen Gray, Allen & Unwin, Sydney, NSW, Australia. Labour History (102). pp. 226-227.
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[Extract] Stephen Gray invites us to contemplate the moral ambiguities of the protectionist policies and practices imposed upon Aboriginal people for much of the twentieth century. Combining historical narrative and biographical snippets with anecdote and personal reminiscence, he recounts the careers of three senior administrators of Aboriginal affairs in the Northern Territory (Baldwin Spencer, Cecil Cook, and Harry Giese), a Commonwealth minister (Paul Hasluck), a patrol offi cer (Colin Macleod) and several missionaries. These men, he argues, were impelled by motives both benign and malign, though the consequences of their actions were, almost without exception, disastrous for Aboriginal people. The argument is delivered in an easily accessible style, which owes more to Gray's vocation as a novelist than to his other career as a legal scholar. His book is a welcome contribution to post-Apology and post-Intervention debate over Indigenous affairs.
|Item Type:||Article (Book Review)|
|Keywords:||Aboriginal policy; Aboriginal governance; Aboriginal history|
|Date Deposited:||13 Jul 2012 05:54|
|FoR Codes:||21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%|