'Within an hour's ride' of the capital: the problem of sovereignty in 1859'

Connors, Libby (2015) 'Within an hour's ride' of the capital: the problem of sovereignty in 1859'. Journal of Australian Colonial History, 17. pp. 83-100. ISSN 1441-0370

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Abstract

In April 1858 a Native Police detachment of eight troopers led by their white officer Lieutenant Williams came under attack from 300 Aboriginal men at the head of the Pine River. This attack is remarkable for a number of reasons. Firstly this district is close to Brisbane and took place in what today are Brisbane’s northern suburbs after more than 34 years of British occupation and expansion through the district. Secondly it occurred only 14 months before Queensland was granted approval for separation and status as a self-governing colony. Thirdly standard histories assume that violence, disease and alcohol had rendered the Brisbane peoples demoralised and incapable of resistance at a much earlier date. This article investigates this attack and a number of other incidents of defiance to show the continued integrity of Aboriginal society in the region of Greater Brisbane in the lead up to separation. The reception of British law by some traditional owners was still down the barrel of a gun and their own laws insisted upon at the point of a spear.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited din accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Arts and Communication
Date Deposited: 04 Feb 2016 23:38
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2016 00:27
Uncontrolled Keywords: sovereignty; policing; frontier and pioneer life; Aboriginal Australians; resistance; Aboriginal elder Dalaipi; Lieutenant Wheeler of the Native Police; Sandgate
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Law
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940404 Law Enforcement
C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/27703

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