Betwixt and Between: Trauma, Survival and the Aboriginal Troopers of the Queensland Native Mounted Police

Burke, Heather and Barker, Bryce and Wallis, Lynley and Craig, Sarah and Combo, Michelle (2020) Betwixt and Between: Trauma, Survival and the Aboriginal Troopers of the Queensland Native Mounted Police. Journal of Genocide Research. pp. 1-17. ISSN 1462-3528


Abstract

Much has been written about the history of the Queensland Native Mounted Police, mostly focussing on its development, its white officers, how much the Colonial Government genuinely knew about the actions of the Force, and how many people were killed during the frontier wars. Far less attention has been given to the Aboriginal men of the force, the nature of their recruitment, and the long-term traumatic impacts on Aboriginal peoples’ and communities’ psyches rather than broadscale changes to Aboriginal culture per se. This article examines the historical and ongoing psychological impacts of dispossession and frontier violence on Aboriginal people. Specifically, we argue that massacres, frontier violence, displacement, and the ultimate dispossession of land and destruction of traditional cultural practices resulted in both individual and collective inter-generational trauma for Aboriginal peoples. We posit that, despite the Australian frontier wars taking place over a century ago, their impacts continue to reverberate today in a range of different ways, many of which are as yet only partially understood.


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Refereed: Yes
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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 - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Heritage and Culture (1 Aug 2018 -)
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2020 06:31
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2020 00:58
Uncontrolled Keywords: Trauma; frontier conflict; Queensland Native Mounted Police; Aboriginal troopers; Australia
Fields of Research : 21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
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Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/14623528.2020.1735147
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38424

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