What fate awaits? The indigenous peoples of the Darling Downs in 1851-52

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French, Maurice. 2002. "What fate awaits? The indigenous peoples of the Darling Downs in 1851-52." Queensland Review. 9 (1), pp. 23-33.
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What fate awaits? The indigenous peoples of the Darling Downs in 1851-52

ERA Journal ID36905
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AuthorFrench, Maurice
Journal TitleQueensland Review
Journal Citation9 (1), pp. 23-33
Number of Pages11
Year2002
PublisherEquinox Publishing
Place of PublicationSt Lucia, Qld., Australia
ISSN1321-8166
2049-7792
Web Address (URL)http://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-languages-criminology/centre-public-culture-ideas/publications/queensland-review
Abstract

At the time of Conrad Martens' painting tour of the Darling Downs in 1851-52, the Aborigines of the area were in a state of numb transition - still conscious of the
dreaming before the white man, yet fearful of the time to come. In a decade of European intrusion, they had been psychologically traumatized, culturally belittled,sexually exploited, and drastically reduced in number. In the decades to come, they would become fringe dwellers, figures of fun and charity and yet, withal,demonstrating a remarkable resilience and adaptability. The few Aborigines in Martens' sketches and 'house portraits' from the early 1850s reflect the trauma and the uncertainty of that era.

KeywordsDarling Downs; indigenous; Aboriginal; Conrad Martens
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020450107. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history
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