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'Throwing Mud' on Questions of Sovereignty: Race and Northern Arguments over White, Chinese, and Aboriginal Labour, 1905-12

Silverstein, Ben


This article addresses two arguments about Chinese settlers in the Northern Territory. The first, in 1905, was sparked by criticisms of Chinese mining practices and accusations that Chinese people contaminated those Aboriginal people with whom they came into contact. The second was prompted by the imposition, in 1910–11, of restrictions on Chinese rights to work and employ in the Territory. Both were opposed by the Chinese, who represented themselves as deserving and indispensable settlers who...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2021-04-22
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Historical Studies
DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2021.1908377
Access Rights: Open Access


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