Witness to frontier violence: an aboriginal boy before the Supreme Court

Connors, Libby (2011) Witness to frontier violence: an aboriginal boy before the Supreme Court. Australian Historical Studies, 42 (2). pp. 230-243. ISSN 1031-461X


In October 1846 a 10-year-old Aboriginal boy witnessed a large scale Aboriginal attack on a station north of Brisbane. Although he survived the attack, the boy had the terrifying experience of observing the brutal killings of his employer and acting guardian and a female station worker. From the very next day he was called upon to relive the attack for the inquest and between 1846 and 1854 he was a material witness, and in some cases the only witness, in one coronial inquest, three committal hearings and three Supreme Court trials of Indigenous men for attacks on Europeans. This paper reveals how colonial law was effectively manipulated to suit frontier interests in these years.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - School of Humanities and Communication
Date Deposited: 10 Aug 2011 07:16
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2015 00:49
Uncontrolled Keywords: colonial law; frontier history; colonial childhood; Supreme Court history
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2010.529920
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/19452

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