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The Black War in Arnhem Land: Missionaries and the Yolngu 1908-1940

Dewar, Mickey


In the 1930s Australia was stunned by a series of seemingly inexplicable murders of non –aboriginal people perpetrated by the Arnhem Land Yulngu. After eight deaths in two years, newspapers were calling it the ‘Black War’. ¶ Missionaries, police and the media were equally convinced they knew the reasons for the killings. Following the arrest and trials of the alleged killers, non-Aboriginal Australia was forced to debate the issue of their occupation of the continent. In the process,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU North Australia Research Unit (NARU)
Date published: 1995
Type: Book


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