Female invisibility in the male's world of plantation-era tropical north Queensland

Vidonja Balanzategui, Bianka (2020) Female invisibility in the male's world of plantation-era tropical north Queensland. Lilith: a feminist history journal, 26. pp. 143-170.

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Abstract

Australian rural history accounts abound with the admirable, foolhardy and often savage exploits of white male protagonists, while women, white or of colour, are generally invisible. This is despite the fact there is a substantial primary record of the history of European settlement in rural Australia. Taking the Herbert River Valley, located in tropical north Queensland, as a case study, this article fleshes out the scant detail of the women who, alongside the men, battled life on the frontier of European incursion into Indigenous Country. It will focus on the experiences of three women: Manbarra woman Jenny, Melanesian indentured labourer Annie Etinside, and Australian-born Chinese woman Eliza Jane Ah Bow, and how their lives were enmeshed with those of white women who lived alongside them in the Herbert River Valley in the late nineteenth century. These women were hardly bystanders and observers but active participants in the drama of colonisation that melded cultures from across the globe.

Item ID: 64911
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2652-8436
Keywords: women, rural history, Chinese women, Melanesian women, Aboriginal women, Herbert River Valley, Queensland, tropics, sugar plantations, sugar
Copyright Information: This title is published under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0).
Sensitivity Note: Article includes a photograph of deceased Aboriginal peoples
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2020 23:10
FoR Codes: 45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4501 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture, language and history > 450107 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history @ 25%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 25%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430303 Biography @ 50%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar @ 50%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9599 Other Cultural Understanding > 959999 Cultural Understanding not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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