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In Good Faith?: Governing Indigenous Australia through God, Charity and Empire, 1825-1855

Mitchell, Jessie

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In the early decades of the 19th century, Indigenous Australians suffered devastating losses at the hands of British colonists, who largely ignored their sovereignty and even their humanity. At the same time, however, a new wave of Christian humanitarians were arriving in the colonies, troubled by Aboriginal suffering and arguing that colonists had obligations towards the people they had dispossessed. These white philanthropists raised questions which have shaped Australian society ever...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Jessie
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-07T22:21:19Z
dc.identifier.isbn978-1-921862106
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/19988
dc.description.abstractIn the early decades of the 19th century, Indigenous Australians suffered devastating losses at the hands of British colonists, who largely ignored their sovereignty and even their humanity. At the same time, however, a new wave of Christian humanitarians were arriving in the colonies, troubled by Aboriginal suffering and arguing that colonists had obligations towards the people they had dispossessed. These white philanthropists raised questions which have shaped Australian society ever since. Did Indigenous Australians have rights to land, rationing, education and cultural survival? If so, how should these be guaranteed, and what would people have to give up in return? Would charity and paternalism lead to effective government or dismal failure – to a powerful defence of an oppressed people, or to new forms of oppression? In Good Faith? paints a vivid picture of life on Australia’s first missions and protectorate stations, examining the tensions between charity and rights, empathy and imperialism, as well as the intimacy, dependence, resentment and obligations that developed between missionary philanthropists and the people they tried to protect and control. In this work, Mitchell brings to life hitherto neglected moments in Australia’s history, and traces the origins of dilemmas still present today.
dc.format.extent199 pages
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherANU Press
dc.publisherAboriginal History
dc.relation.ispartofseriesAboriginal History Monograph: no. 23
dc.relation.isversionof1st Edition
dc.rightsAuthor/s retain copyright
dc.source.urihttp://press.anu.edu.au/titles/aboriginal-history-monographs/good_faith_citation/
dc.titleIn Good Faith?: Governing Indigenous Australia through God, Charity and Empire, 1825-1855
dc.typeBook
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
dc.date.issued2011
local.identifier.absfor210301 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
local.identifier.ariespublicationu4990661xPUB10
local.publisher.urlhttp://press.anu.edu.au/
local.type.statusMetadata only
local.contributor.affiliationMitchell, Jessie, College of Arts and Social Sciences, ANU
local.identifier.doi10.22459/GF.01.2011
dc.date.updated2015-12-07T08:56:12Z
local.bibliographicCitation.placeofpublicationCanberra, ACT, Australia
dcterms.accessRightsOpen Access via publisher website
CollectionsANU Press (1965-Present)

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