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dc.contributor.authorBurke, Heather
dc.contributor.authorBarker, Bryce
dc.contributor.authorCole, Noelene
dc.contributor.authorWallis, Lynley A
dc.contributor.authorHatte, Elizabeth
dc.contributor.authorDavidson, Iain
dc.contributor.authorLowe, Kelsey
dc.description.abstractAlthough historians have provided substantial insights into the structure, development and activities of the Queensland Native Mounted Police, they have rarely focused on the complex and sensitive issue of Aboriginal recruitment. A careful reading of historical records, however, identifies several methods, including coercion, intimidation, kidnapping and inducement, as well as “voluntary” enlistment. It is difficult to identify Aboriginal agency in recruitment processes as the records are entirely one-sided—the voices of the troopers themselves are absent from the archival sources. In this article, we examine the cultural and historical contexts of Aboriginal recruitment—for example, the dire social situations of Aboriginal survivors of the frontier war and the absence of future survival options for the potential recruits. We explore, through the framework of historical trauma, the impacts on vulnerable victims of violence and other devastating effects of colonisation. We conclude that the recruitment of Aboriginal troopers was far from a homogeneous or transparent process and that the concept of agency with regard to those who can be considered war victims themselves is extremely complex. Unravelling the diverse, conflicting and often controversial meanings of this particular colonial activity remains a challenge to the historical process.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe Flinders University of South Australia ARC
dc.publisherRoutledge: Taylor & Francis Group
dc.relation.ispartofjournalJournal of Australian Studies
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsArts & Humanities
dc.subject.keywordsArea Studies
dc.subject.keywordsCultural Studies
dc.titleThe Queensland Native Police and Strategies of Recruitment on the Queensland Frontier, 1849-1901
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationBurke, H; Barker, B; Cole, N; Wallis, LA; Hatte, E; Davidson, I; Lowe, K, The Queensland Native Police and Strategies of Recruitment on the Queensland Frontier, 1849-1901, Journal of Australian Studies, 2018, 42 (3), pp. 297-313
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gro.griffith.authorWallis, Lynley A.

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