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Early 20th Century Photography of Australian Aboriginal Families: Illustration or Evidence?

Peterson, Nicolas


This article examines a set of postcard images relating to the Australian Aboriginal family circulating at the beginning of the 20th century, to ask whether the images were an illustration of Aboriginal social and economic circumstances or taken as evidence for it. It is argued that the imagery fits with two prevalent moral discourses of the period that helped explain Aboriginal people s impoverished circumstances, and provided evidence for the need for certain kinds of institutions and...[Show more]

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Date published: 2006
Type: Journal article
Source: Visual Anthropology Review


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