What fate awaits? The indigenous peoples of the Darling Downs in 1851-52

French, Maurice (2002) What fate awaits? The indigenous peoples of the Darling Downs in 1851-52. Queensland Review, 9 (1). pp. 23-33. ISSN 1321-8166


At the time of Conrad Martens' painting tour of the Darling Downs in 1851-52, the Aborigines of the area were in a state of numb transition - still conscious of the
dreaming before the white man, yet fearful of the time to come. In a decade of European intrusion, they had been psychologically traumatized, culturally belittled,sexually exploited, and drastically reduced in number. In the decades to come, they would become fringe dwellers, figures of fun and charity and yet, withal,demonstrating a remarkable resilience and adaptability. The few Aborigines in Martens' sketches and 'house portraits' from the early 1850s reflect the trauma and the uncertainty of that era.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version unavailable.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - No Department
Date Deposited: 11 Jun 2009 00:17
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: Darling Downs; indigenous; Aboriginal; Conrad Martens
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
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/5303

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