Violent epidemics : disease, conflict and Aboriginal population collapse as a result of European contact in the Riverland of South Australia
Dowling, Peter J
Many researchers have recognized the value of
investigating the history of race contact in Australia,
but too few have sought to explain in detail why the
Aboriginal population declined so much and so rapidly
when colonization advanced across the continent.
The central aim of this thesis is to identify and assess
the impact of the major causes of Aboriginal population
collapse in the Riverland (Murray River) region of South
Australia. It is estimated that prior to 1800 the
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