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Consent, marriage and colonialism: Indigenous Australian women and colonizer marriages

McGrath, Ann


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]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Colonialism and Colonial History


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