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Type: Journal article
Title: Colonial judiciaries, Aboriginal protection and South Australia's policy of punishing 'with exemplary severity'
Author: Nettelbeck, A.
Foster, R.
Citation: Australian Historical Studies, 2010; 41(3):319-336
Publisher: Univ Melbourne
Issue Date: 2010
ISSN: 1031-461X
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Amanda Nettlebeck and Robert Foster
Abstract: The ways in which Europeans experienced the legal system for crimes against Aboriginal people needs more systematic research. Although for the first fifty years of Australian settlement Aboriginal legal status was protractedly ambiguous, the foundational principle of later-established South Australia was that Aboriginal people were British subjects and settler crimes against them would be punished 'with exemplary severity'. This paper puts this foundational principle to the test by examining the working of the legal system where Europeans were investigated for the deaths of Aboriginal people. Ultimately, we argue, the principle of protecting Aboriginal people as British subjects not only failed, but became inverted into a principle of Aboriginal punishment.
Keywords: Humans
Civil Rights
Judicial Role
Public Policy
Race Relations
History, 19th Century
History, 20th Century
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
Rights: Copyright status unknown
DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2010.493947
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