Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, and Maori Exiles

Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan and Maori Exiles
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He died just weeks after arriving in Hobart to begin his sentence.

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Then there was Yanem Goona, an elder from the Grampians, who was shipped to Norfolk Island for being part of a community involved in sheep stealing read economic sabotage — they drove of hundreds of the woolly beasties regardless of whether he was personally involved. He was said to have cried whenever he thought of home.

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And there was also Tommy Boker. They had to let him go after that.

He got discharged to the Benevolent Asylum. Many died within their first year in captivity, some of wounds suffered when they were captured, others from illness, and heartbreak at separation from kin and country. From the late s until the s, at least thirty-four Khoisan people were transported from the Cape Colony now part of South Africa to the Australian penal colonies.

Some had been soldiers who were court martialled for mutiny and desertion. Others were farm labourers indicted for theft and other crimes against their colonial masters in outlying districts. Many served months or even years at Robben Island, waiting for a convict transport ship to call in from England or Ireland that had room to take a few more prisoners of the Crown to the Australian penal colonies.

Shipped half way around the world, the Khoisan convicts had no means of returning home even if they survived their sentences.

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Written for students and readers who may not be familiar with Australian history, this short volume offers a compelling introduction to the They were allocated gentle tasks such as vegie gardening, and were allowed to hunt and fish. Her most recent monograph is The Contest for Aboriginal Souls: While some historians considered this unlikely, a foray into the colonial newspapers and archived convict records soon revealed that that indeed had been the case. Drawing extensively on archival material, the authors look at how the c Want to Read saving…. These men are among aboriginal convicts who were transported to and within the Australian penal colonies.

And, unlike Australian Aboriginal convicts, many did survive. Their convict records are peppered with numerous offences, many of which relate to escapism. Some escaped mentally through imbibing copious quantities of alcohol. Others physically escaped through absconding.

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Further punishments were meted out, extending their time in captivity. Once released, these men had nowhere to go. How dare their colonial cousins across the Tasman Sea treat their indigenous population so badly?! As astonishing as this outpouring of outrage may appear from a present day perspective, it worked in the favour of the New Zealand captives.

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Given an overseer conversant with their language, the five warriors were unlike other indigenous convicts from across the Empire housed separately from the general convict population. They were allocated gentle tasks such as vegie gardening, and were allowed to hunt and fish.

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Nevertheless, their health suffered. Shino Konishi is a historian based at the University of Western Australia.

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Colonial Exploration in Indigenous Territory She is Aboriginal and identifies with the Yawuru people of Broome. He is the author of Colonial Discourses: She has published widely in the areas of theory, Indigenous histories, post-colonialism and representations of race, museum studies and popular culture.

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Her book, Roving Mariners: Aboriginal Whalers and Sealers in the Southern Oceans — , explores Aboriginal mobility, entrepreneurship and enterprise in maritime industries. Her research focuses on the encounters between explorers and Indigenous people in the early nineteenth century, and later relationships between Indigenous people, settlers and missionaries.

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Aboriginal Convicts: Australian, Khoisan, and Maori Exiles Bulldog and Musquito, Aboriginal warriors from the Hawkesbury, were captured and sent to Norfolk. Bulldog and Musquito, Aboriginal warriors from the Hawkesbury, were captured and sent to Norfolk Island following frontier skirmishes in New South Wales.

She is the author of Shaking Hands on the Fringe: Her work explores histories of cross-cultural encounters and the agency of Indigenous peoples in Australia and New Zealand as they encountered Europeans on their country. She is the author of Race and Identity in the Tasman World