Women on the South-East Queensland frontier

Connors, Libby (2008) Women on the South-East Queensland frontier. Queensland Review, 15 (2). pp. 19-37. ISSN 1321-8166


This article presents three arguments in response to both the whiteness of the historical representations of the past three decades and the masculine violence of the frontier record. It first outlines the evidence concerning women's own physicality and their embodiment and expression of warrior fierceness, but also the formal limits of interpersonal violence in traditional society. Second, women's role in providing bungwal flour and daily bread, fruits and vegetables for their families and having the main responsibility for child care acted as a potent incentive for women to be receptive to the European presence - at least while they were in a position to benefit from it - and so the relationship between women's domestic interests and external relations is delineated. Finally, their part in Indigenous politics is explored. Women's actions in the 1840s and 1850s give us important insights into the political contestations and the shifts of power in the region at the time of the European influx.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2008 00:03
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: women; role; South-East Queensland; frontier; history; 1840s; 1850s; indigenous women; indigenous men; violence
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
21 History and Archaeology > 2103 Historical Studies > 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169902 Studies of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Society
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4738

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