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Aboriginal History Journal: Volume 42


Volume forty-two 2018

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Published by ANU Press and Aboriginal History Inc.

The Australian National University

Acton ACT 2601, Australia


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Aboriginal History Incorporated

Aboriginal History Inc. is a part of the Australian Centre for Indigenous History, Research School of Social Sciences, The Australian National University, and gratefully acknowledges the support of the School of History and the National Centre for Indigenous Studies, The Australian National University. Aboriginal History Inc. is administered by an Editorial Board which is responsible for all unsigned material. Views and opinions expressed by the author are not necessarily shared by Board members.

Members of the Editorial Board

Maria Nugent (Chair), Tikka Wilson (Secretary), Rob Paton (Treasurer/Public Officer), Ingereth Macfarlane (Editor), Annemarie McLaren (Review Editor), Rebecca Collard (Associate Review Editor), Rani Kerin (Monograph Editor), Liz Conor, Brian Egloff, Karen Fox, Sam Furphy, Niel Gunson, Geoff Hunt, Dave Johnston, Shino Konishi, Harold Koch, Ann McGrath, Ewen Maidment, Isabel McBryde, Peter Read, Julia Torpey, Lawrence Bamblett.

Editor: Ingereth Macfarlane; Book Review Editor: Annemarie McLaren; Copyeditor: Geoff Hunt.

About Aboriginal History

Since 1977 the peer-reviewed annual journal Aboriginal History has pioneered interdisciplinary historical studies of Australian Aboriginal peoples’ and Torres Strait Islander’s interactions with non-Indigenous peoples, principally in Australia but also transnationally. It promotes publication of Indigenous oral traditions, biographies, narratives in local languages, archival and bibliographic guides, previously unpublished manuscript accounts, critiques of current events, and research and reviews in the cognate fields of anthropology, archaeology, sociology, linguistics, demography, law, geography and cultural, political and economic history. For more information, please visit

Contacting Aboriginal History

All correspondence should be addressed to the Editors, Aboriginal History Inc., ACIH, School of History, RSSS, 9 Fellows Road (Coombs Building), Acton, ANU, 2601, or Sales and orders for back issues of journals and monographs: Thelma Sims, email:

WARNING: Readers are notified that this publication may contain names or images of deceased persons.

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This edition © 2018 ANU Press and Aboriginal History Inc.

ISSN 0314-8769 (print)

ISSN 1837-9389 (electronic edition)

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