Disputing the Territory: the Payne-Fletcher Report of 1937

McGregor, Russell (2020) Disputing the Territory: the Payne-Fletcher Report of 1937. Australian Historical Studies. (In Press)

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Abstract

The Payne-Fletcher Report of 1937 offers an intriguing array of commentary on the environmental attributes of the Northern Territory. It also makes some comments - though far fewer - on the role of Aboriginal people in Territorian life and on the admission of indentured Asian labour. This article sets the report's commentary on both environmental and racial issues in the context of contemporary anxieties over Australia's tropical north. It argues that Payne and Fletcher's most innovative recommendation was for Australians to cease worrying about the Territory's sparse population and focus instead on wringing profit from the land.

Item ID: 62705
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1940-5049
Keywords: Northern Territory; Environmental history; Payne-Fletcher Report; Northern Australia; White Australia policy
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2020 07:30
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450107 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history @ 40%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 60%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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