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'Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian conciliation narratives and their transnational connections

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Edmonds, P, 'Failing in every endeavour to conciliate': Governor Arthur's Proclamation Boards to the Aborigines, Australian conciliation narratives and their transnational connections, Journal of Australian Studies, 35, (2) pp. 201-218. ISSN 1444-3058 (2011) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2011 International Australian Studies Association.

DOI: doi:10.1080/14443058.2011.562227

Abstract

In 1829 Lieutenant Governor George Arthur issued a series of Proclamation Boards illustrated with images of friendship, equality before the law and mutual punishment for Aborigines and Europeans alike, in an attempt to conciliate Aboriginal people in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania). These striking images have been reworked over time, and have come to shape understandings of Australian history at national and international levels. Yet for images so regularly cited in history books they have been under researched and frequently detached from the interconnected global and imperial histories that produced them. In line with new work that seeks to trace the political and cultural networks of empire, this paper considers the boards in transnational context. Proposing that the boards be considered objects of diplomacy, the paper examines the transference of iconography, including the humanitarian handshake, found on treaty medals and British anti-slavery tokens between networked British colonies. Reflecting on the visual lexicon of imperialism and broader discourses of the management of Indigenous peoples and slaves in British colonies and former colonies, the paper reveals how these political objects promoting peace and conciliation were often distributed in ritual gesture within a climate of Indigenous dispossession of their lands, frontier conflict and war. © 2011 International Australian Studies Association.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:conciliation, Governor Arthur, Proclamation boards, empire, peace medals
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Historical Studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Author:Edmonds, P (Associate Professor Penny Edmonds)
ID Code:79003
Year Published:2011
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:Riawunna
Deposited On:2012-08-13
Last Modified:2014-12-12
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