A Humanitarian Tradition
Australian colonial law was written as if the continent "belonged to no one" prior to 1788. This was pretence, and the colonists knew it.
Captain James Cook had detailed the existence of indigenous Australians many years before white settlement.
And once established, the practicalities of governing the colonies required authorities to address what was seen as the "native problem".
Despite the resulting cruelty, there was throughout this period, an influential humanitarian lobby, which protested against brutality and devised often misguided forms of 'welfare' for aboriginal people.
To understand the development of land rights policy in Australia, it's necessary to tell the story of this colonial, humanitarian tradition.
colonisation, doctrine of tenure, indigenous Australians, International law, native title, New South Wales, sovereignty, terra nullius
Yirrkala & Gove
bark petition, Gove, industry, land rights, Marika, Roy, mining, Nabalco, Yunupingu, Galarrwuy
Australia In The Eyes Of The World
Australia, Australia, Australian International Relations, human rights, indigenous people, International law, national identity, native title, social justice
Ways of seeing indigenous Australians
colonialism, colonists, crown land, land boundaries, land ownership, recognition, sovereignty, Sydney Gazette
Major Mitchell's regrets
coexistence, colonial warfare, colonialism, colonists, cultural preservation, culture, First Fleet, Mitchell, Sir Thomas, Sydney
A view of Sydney Cove, NSW
aborigines, colonisation, conquest, settlements
Was Batman a Fraud?
Jun, 6, 1835
Batman, John, coexistence, land boundaries, land ownership, New South Wales, Port Phillip Association, treaties, treaties
Treaty, Sale or Tanderum?
Jun, 6, 1835
Batman, John, coexistence, culture, Kulin nation, Port Phillip Association, trade, treaties
Batman's treaty with the Aborigines at Merri Creek
Jun, 6, 1835
Batman, John, Port Phillip Association
Australia, colonial warfare, colonialism, colonists, genocide, land rights, martial law, massacres, Tasmania, war, Warlpiri
The Supervised Life
assimilation, colonialism, colonists, paternalism, racism, reserves
assimilation, Australia, Australia, indigenous Australians, racism, Stolen Generation
Defining Native Title
aboriginal law, land ownership, native title
assimilation, Mer, Murray Island, Murray Island Council, Murray Island Native Court, Queensland, school
human rights, International law, Mabo judgement, Racial Discrimination Act , 1975 , United Nations
Rations & Reserves
humanitarians, land rights, missionaries, missions, reserves
Reception Of English Law
colonisation, Common Law, International law
Terra Nullius & Australia
crown land, dispossession, doctrine of tenure, First Fleet, land rights, resistance, terra nullius
The Age Of Paternalism
Chief Protector of Aborigines, colonisation, Federation, International law, paternalism, protection, terra nullius, White Australia Policy
The Status Of Australian Colonies
crown land, land ownership, sovereignty, terra nullius