Cultural conflict in text and materiality: the impact of words and lead on the northwest Queensland colonial frontier, Australia

Davidson, Iain and Burke, Heather and Sullivan, Lance and Wallis, Lynley A and Artym, Ursula and Barker, Bryce (2019) Cultural conflict in text and materiality: the impact of words and lead on the northwest Queensland colonial frontier, Australia. World Archaeology, 51 (5). pp. 724-740. ISSN 0043-8243


The 'Frontier Wars' in Australia were a series of conflicts carried out at different times and places by various military and civilian actors between 1788 and c1938. One of the principal agents in this violence in the colony of Queensland in the late 19th and early 20th centuries was the paramilitary Native Mounted Police (NMP), who were tasked with protecting settlers from Aboriginal resistance. This paper examines written and oral accounts of frontier conflict between settlers, Aboriginal people and the NMP in northwest Queensland and places them into the context of the archaeological evidence from an NMP camp site. It thus emphasizes the different types of stories that arise from different sources of historical knowledge and how oral histories transformed into print interact with oral histories of subaltern peoples. Investigation of the archaeology of related sites suggests that they refer to events at a quite different scale.

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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 31 Jan 2020 01:53
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2021 06:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: native mounted police, frontier violence, historical archaeology, colonial Australia, oral history
Fields of Research (2008): 21 History and Archaeology > 2101 Archaeology > 210101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Archaeology
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
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