Aboriginal prospectors and miners of tropical Queensland, from pre-contact times to ca.1950

Ellwood, Galiina (Kal) (2014) Aboriginal prospectors and miners of tropical Queensland, from pre-contact times to ca.1950. Journal of Australasian Mining History, 12 (October). pp. 59-80.

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Abstract

The history of Aboriginal mining in post-contact Australia has been both neglected by historians and forgotten by the community. In North Queensland alone there are 22 named individuals, 17 named families and an unknown number of the nameless who were Aboriginal miners and prospectors mentioned in the historical records. This paper aims to correct the general portrayal of Aborigines living under the Act, in tropical Queensland, as powerless victims. It will show that Aboriginal prospectors and miners had more agency than has been credited to them in the past and that some individuals did achieve economic success and social recognition within European society without having to compromise their own culture. They were partly responsible for the economic development of post-contact Queensland through their discoveries of mining fields.

Item ID: 36877
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-4471
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Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 23:33
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%
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