Frontier Justice: A History of the Gulf Country to 1900 by Tony Roberts

By Tony Roberts

“Frontier Justice is the most important and critical ebook. apparently at a very major time given the serious present debate approximately Aboriginal heritage. it really is crucial analyzing for someone with an curiosity within the tale of the Australian frontier.”
Professor Henry Reynolds

A not easy and illuminating historical past, Frontier Justice brings a clean point of view to the Northern Territory’s notable frontier period. For the newcomer, the Gulf country—from the Queensland border to the overland telegraph line, and from the Barkly Tableland to the Roper River—was a harsh and in locations impassable barren region. To explorers like Leichhardt, it promised discovery, and to daring adventurers just like the overlanders and pastoralists, a brand new commence. For prospectors of their enormous quantities, it was once a gateway to the riches of the Kimberley goldfields. To the 2,500 Aboriginal population, it was once their actual and religious domestic. From the 1870s, with the hole of the Coast tune, cattlemen wanting to lay declare to giant tracts of station land introduced farm animals in vast numbers and destruction to valuable lagoons and fragile terrain. Black and white clash escalated into unfettered violence and retaliation that will expand into the following century, displacing, and in a few components destroying, the unique inhabitants.
The brilliant characters who humans this meticulously researched and compelling heritage are indelibly etched from diaries and letters, archival documents and eyewitness money owed. integrated are maps with unique position names, and formerly unpublished images and illustrations.

“A commanding learn of race family members within the distant Gulf state. Tony Roberts uncovers compelling facts of a litany of violence throughout a few forty-odd years of tough borderlands dispossession in an encompassing, robust and stressful history.”
Professor Raymond Evans

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