A modern history of the Gugu Badhun people and their country

James, Robert Andrew (2009) A modern history of the Gugu Badhun people and their country. Masters (Research) thesis, James Cook University.

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Abstract

The Gugu Badhun people are owners of the land of the upper Burdekin River of north Queensland. Dispossessed and then integrated into the pastoral industry, they later moved off country to engage with the mainstream economy and society, motivated especially by a desire to educate their children and secure well-paid employment. Their stories form the foundations of this history, which the Gugu Badhun themselves have requested to be written. The research was largely based on extended video and audio interviews of individual and family stories, supplemented by library, archival and literary research. The thesis traces the history of the Gugu Badhun from their first contact with European intruders, through their violent and non-violent relationships with colonists, the choices they made in raising their families, to their movement away from their country. Finally, it examines how continuing connection to family and country is now affirmed through regular visits to their ancestral lands.

Item ID: 9487
Item Type: Thesis (Masters (Research))
Keywords: Gugu Badhun people, Upper Burdekin region, north Queensland, history, first contact, ancestral lands, dispossession, European settlers, pastoralists, employment, identity, relationships, letting-in, family, community, culture
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This thesis contains material which may be distressing for some readers. It includes photographs and the names of deceased persons. Also contained is language which may offend.

Date Deposited: 24 Mar 2010 23:06
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 60%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society @ 40%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 34%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 33%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 33%
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