In 1901, the year of Australian federation, the newly
constituted State of Queensland restricted marriage
between Indigenous women and non-Indigenous men.
These amendments to the Aboriginal Protection Act
legislation of 1897 criminalized the informal marital
arrangements that criss-crossed Queensland's cultural
and colonizing boundaries. The stated aims of the policy
were to "protect" Indigenous women from sexual
exploitation and to prevent the birth of "half-castes" or
mixed descent...[Show more]
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