Transgressions: critical Australian Indigenous histories

Table of Contents

1. François Péron and the Tasmanians: an unrequited romance
2. Moving Blackwards: Black Power and the Aboriginal Embassy
Black Power
The tents
Black pride
The tents
Black independence
The tents
Primary documents
Newspapers and media sources
Secondary sources
3. Criminal justice and transgression on northern Australian cattle stations
Feudal transgression: a more elucidatory means of classifying cattle stations
Intersection between feudal land laws and power
Pastoralists’ governance on the frontier
Normalised pastoralists’ jurisdiction
Northern pastoral lords over their feudal estate and workers
The strength of pastoralists’ jurisdiction in the face of government legislation
Non-payment of wages as a source of pastoralists’ authority
Aboriginal transgression
Conclusion: limits of Aboriginal transgression and ways forward
Primary sources
Secondary Sources
4. Dreaming the circle: indigeneity and the longing for belonging in White Australia
5. Resisting the captured image: how Gwoja Tjungurrayi, ‘One Pound Jimmy’, escaped the ‘Stone Age’
A cultural courtesy
A snapshot
The birth of Central Australian tourism
The language of tourism
The ‘Imperial’ tourist gaze
The ‘pioneer’ tourist gaze
The ‘anthropological’ tourist gaze
Gwoja Tjungurrayi: the man behind the image
Displacement and massacre
Survival and adjustment
Transmission of knowledge to the next generation
Unwanted celebrity?
Holmes: discoverer or myth-maker?
The meeting
The name
Collaboration and escape
A postscript
6. On the romances of marriage, love and solitude
Romance and rebellion
Fiction and truth in Cape York Peninsula romances
Singing songs of love
Tradition and the separation of men and women
The permission of family and church, or marriage as freedom
Making a song and dance about it
Relationships and community
Illicit love and illegal relationships
Censorship and homosexuality
Reluctance to wed: the love of solitude and independence
End note
Primary sources
Secondary sources
7. ‘Hanging no good for blackfellow’: looking into the life of Musquito
Primary sources
Secondary sources
8. Leadership: the quandary of Aboriginal societies in crises, 1788 – 1830, and 1966
The construction of knowledge in the late eighteenth century
Aboriginal society pre-contact
Aboriginal leaders
Bungaree, chief of the Sydney Blacks
Windradyne of the Wiradjuri
Irish-Aboriginal oral history
Contemporary leadership
Primary sources
Secondary sources
9. Sedentary topography
10. Sinful enough for Jesus: guilt and Christianisation at Mapoon, Queensland
Missionaries’ guilt
Passing the guilt
Positive feedback loop of guilt
The cycle begins again
Primary sources
Secondary sources
11. Corrupt desires and the wages of sin: Indigenous people, missionaries and male sexuality, 1830-1850
Primary sources
Secondary sources

List of Illustrations

1.1. Fois. [i.e. Francois] Peron, nd, engraving by Lambert designed by Lesueur, Charles Alexandre, 1778-1846, Allport Library and Museum of Fine Arts, Tasmania
4.1. Face painting in the sewing circle
4.2. Our headband ceremony
4.3. Women dancing Water Dreaming
4.4. Evening meal in ochre
5.1. ‘Definitive’ Commonwealth stamp 1950.
5.2. Bamboro-Kain 1839.
5.3. Photograph of Gwoja Tjungurrayi 1935.
5.4. Indian Detour on The Chief, 1929 Grand Canyon Line, Santa Fe Railroad.
5.5. Indian-Detours 1920s Santa Fe Railroad/Harveycars.
5.6. Poster: Winter Tours to Central Australia.
5.7. ‘The Aboriginal … as … seen by early explorers’.
5.8. ‘As primitive today as were the natives who slew Kennedy’.
5.9. ‘A Family of New South Wales’ 1792 by William Blake (1757-1827) after sketch by Governor Phillip Gidley King (1758-1808).
5.10. ‘Arunta Man’, FJ Gillen 1896.
5.11. ‘Aborigines examining a motor car’.
5.12. ‘Go North to Adventure! By TAA Jetliner’.
5.13. ‘Aborigines Seeking Food and Knowledge’.
5.14. Tjungurrayi’s Ancestral Estate.
5.15. Pastoral Holdings re-territorialise Ancestral Country.
5.16. ‘A mark of respect’.
5.17. Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri with daughters, Gabriella and Michelle (left to right).
5.18. ‘The most publicised [A]boriginal in Australia’.
5.19. Cropped image of ‘One Pound Jimmy’.
5.20. Uncropped photograph taken by Penhall and sent to MacGregor by Holmes.
5.21. ‘Latest addition to MacGregor’s stamp collection’.
5.22. Hale River men Tjeria and Woritarinja, TGH Strehlow, Arltunga, 1935.
5.23. ‘One Pound’ Jimmy and ‘Old Billy’.
5.24. ‘Mamaragan, the Thunder-man’.
5.25. Roy Dunstan, photographer as he preferred to be seen.
5.26. Charles H Holmes as he wanted to be identified.
5.27. Woritarinja and Tjungurrayi as never portrayed by Holmes.
5.28. Tjungurrayi on Dawn’s masthead, Dawn magazine cover, 1952 and Dawn digitised DVD cover, 2004.
9.1. Children lined up for breakfast at Roper River Mission, no date.
9.2. The new School at Roper Mission 1937.
9.3. School children with work outside the school, no date.
9.4. Mission station at Roper River, no date.
9.5. Roper River mission showing gardens, no date.
9.6. Mission quarters at Roper River, no date.