"I cannot say the numbers that were killed": assessing violent mortality on the Queensland frontier

Evans, Raymond and Ørsted-Jensen, Robert (2014) "I cannot say the numbers that were killed": assessing violent mortality on the Queensland frontier. Social Science Research Network, 2467836: 1-11. doi:10.2139/ssrn.2467836

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Author Evans, Raymond
Ørsted-Jensen, Robert
Title "I cannot say the numbers that were killed": assessing violent mortality on the Queensland frontier
Journal name Social Science Research Network
ISSN 1556-5068
Publication date 2014-07-19
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.2139/ssrn.2467836
Open Access Status DOI
Issue 2467836
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Rochester, NY, USA
Publisher Social Science Electronic Publishing
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This paper suggests that there is a way to arrive at a proximate, dependable estimate of the number of Aboriginal frontier casualties at the hands of colonial Queensland’s Native Police Force. By using data that provides accurate information on the number and duration of ‘police’ camps, the frequency of patrols, the surviving records of clashes and dispersals of Aborigines, as well as some reported body counts, it is possible to arrive at a defensible mathematical estimate of the quotient of state sponsored frontier killings across a half century span. Furthermore, this makes it possible to suggest a better estimate of the total Aboriginal death toll.
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Additional Notes A version of this work was presented at 'Conflict in History' The Australian Historical Association, 33rd Annual Conference, The University of Queensland, 7-11 July 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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