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New Directions in Australian History


Darian-Smith, K and Edmonds, P, New Directions in Australian History, Australian Historical Studies, 47, (2) pp. 189-190. ISSN 1031-461X (2016) [Letter or Note in Journal]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1031461X.2016.1175404


This issue of Australian Historical Studies leads with a landmark article by Shurlee Swain entitled ‘Enshrined in Law: Legislative Justifications for the Removal of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Children in Colonial and Post-Colonial Australia’. Australian historiography concerned with the state removal of children from their families has generally separated the legislation directed at Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians, as well as the subsequent experiences of both groups of children in institutionalised care. Swain’s important survey shows the commonalities as well as differences in the arguments used to justify Indigenous and non-Indigenous child removal from the nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. It reveals the complex interactions in debates around such legislation, how these were shaped by questions of race and whiteness, and how the policies of child removal were important to the building of the settler colonial nation.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:Australian, history
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's past
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
UTAS Author:Edmonds, P (Associate Professor Penny Edmonds)
ID Code:118677
Year Published:2016
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-07-18
Last Modified:2018-02-13

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