"A Snider Is a Splendid Civilizer": European attitudes to aborigines on the Palmer

Kirkman, Noreen (1978) "A Snider Is a Splendid Civilizer": European attitudes to aborigines on the Palmer. In: Reynolds, Henry, (ed.) Race Relations in North Queensland. James Cook University, Townsville, QLD, Australia, pp. 119-143.

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Abstract

In the years following the initial gold rush to the Palmer River in 1873, European and Chinese miners seriously and irrevocably disrupted the life of local Aboriginal peoples. The nature of contact between the mining population and Aboriginal people was extremely violent owing to the widespread use of firearms with no conscious attempts being ever made to improve relations. The Native Police had no compunction about suppressing Aboriginal groups by most violent methods and encouraging by their example miners who knew no charges would ever be laid against them for their actions.

Item ID: 24934
Item Type: Book Chapter (Research - B1)
Keywords: Palmer River, aboriginal people
Date Deposited: 22 Jul 2013 05:17
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History @ 50%
21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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