A house divided: the Griffin Family of Whiteside and frontier conflict in the 1840s

Connors, Libby (2009) A house divided: the Griffin Family of Whiteside and frontier conflict in the 1840s. Queensland History Journal, 20 (11). pp. 578-592. ISSN 1447-1345

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Whiteside Station is important to the history of frontier conflict in early Queensland because of an Aboriginal attack on some sawyers that took place in September 1847, either on or neighbouring, the station. One of the sawyers who survived the initial spearing, possibly died because of inaction on the part of members of Whiteside Station. Despite awareness of the Indigenous presence and a fairly constant sense of threat evident in the station diary, the station was hampered in its response to this instance of Aboriginal aggression by internal divisions. This has the effect of overturning our perceptions – rather than a divided Indigenous community capable of only small-scale group unity to defy Europeans, we have a white community unable to save one of its members from Aboriginal attack because of its own internal tensions.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 'Copyright in the text of each paper published in the Journal remains with the author.' This began as a paper delivered at Setting the Scene for Separation: Queensland in the 1840s and 1850s, 11 August 2007, Commissariat Store, Brisbane.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Arts - Department of Humanities and International Studies
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2009 06:56
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2014 01:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: aboriginal attack; Queensland frontier; Millbong Jemmy; Griffin family; Whiteside Station; Pine Rivers
Fields of Research : 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)
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/5553

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