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Linguistics, Religion, and Law in Colonial New South Wales: Lancelot Threkeld and Settler-Colonial Humanitarian Debates

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Johnston, A, Linguistics, Religion, and Law in Colonial New South Wales: Lancelot Threkeld and Settler-Colonial Humanitarian Debates, Past Law, Present Histories: From Settler Colonies to International Justice, ANU E Press, D Kirkby (ed), Canberra, pp. 23-38. ISBN 9781922144034 (2012) [Research Book Chapter]

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Abstract

Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld was a familiar face in the Sydney law courts during the late l820s and 18l0s. The missionary the sole London Missionary Society (LMS) representative in the Australian colonies during this period was regularly accompanied by an Aboriginal man, Biraban, who served as dual translator and advisor to Threlkeld. The presence of the two men dramatised questions about Aboriginal legal status and humanitarian interests in the colonial legal system, connecting local affairs with broader imperial concerns. Attending many of the key cases during the 1830s, Threlkeld was instrumental in raising uncomfortable questions about how legal processes dealt with Aboriginal people. His prolific and provocative writing on such issues circulated setller colonial controversies pertaining to the law around the British empire. Neither simply a cross-cultural hero nor a self-aggrandising bigot, Threlkeld exemplifies the complexity of settler identities and societies in formation.

Item Details

Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Literary Studies
Research Field:Australian Literature (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Australia's Past
Author:Johnston, A (Associate Professor Anna Johnston)
ID Code:83794
Year Published:2012
Deposited By:English, Journalism and European Languages
Deposited On:2013-03-22
Last Modified:2014-08-21
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