The impact of 'doomed race' assumptions in the administration of Queensland's Indigenous population by the Chief Protectors of Aboriginals from 1897 to 1942
Holland, Robin C. (2013) The impact of 'doomed race' assumptions in the administration of Queensland's Indigenous population by the Chief Protectors of Aboriginals from 1897 to 1942. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.
This thesis researched how the anthropological claims of the Aborigines as a 'doomed race' in the decades between 1850 and 1870 became embedded and manifested in pervasive ideologies forming the racist protectionist policies framed in Queensland's Aboriginals Protection and Restriction of the Sale of Opium Act - 1897. Administering the Act was the government appointed Chief Protector of Aboriginals. Conferred with extraordinary powers, Chief Protectors acted and made decisions on behalf of successive governments who displayed little interest in Aboriginal affairs. Amendments to the Act between 1897 and 1939 reflected personal agendas and attitudes towards Aborigines by respective Chief Protectors. Conclusively, the research outcomes show that the 'doomed race' theory became a subterfuge for governments to mask society's racial prejudice against Indigenous peoples and allowed governments to dispossess the Indigenous people of their traditional lands without question from white settlers.
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|Item Type:||QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)|
|Supervisor:||Moore, Keith & Quanchi, Max|
|Keywords:||Queensland's Aboriginal Protection Act, Northern Protector W. E. Roth, Southern Protector Archibald Meston, Mackay Protectorate, Chief Protector John William Bleakley|
|Divisions:||Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Division of Research and Commercialisation|
|Institution:||Queensland University of Technology|
|Deposited On:||13 Aug 2013 05:04|
|Last Modified:||07 Sep 2015 05:05|
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