Brisbane : the Aboriginal presence 1824-1860

Brisbane History Group and Fisher, Rod Brisbane : the Aboriginal presence 1824-1860. Brisbane, Qld.: Brisbane Historical Group, 1990.

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Author Brisbane History Group
Fisher, Rod
Title Brisbane : the Aboriginal presence 1824-1860
Place of Publication Brisbane, Qld.
Publisher Brisbane Historical Group
Publication year 1990
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 11
Series Papers (Brisbane History Group) ; no. 11
ISBN 0958782695 (pbk.)
Language eng
Total number of pages 106
Subjects 430101 History - Australian
Formatted Abstract/Summary


The Brisbane History Group published several seminar papers on the Aboriginal presence in the Brisbane region before Australia celebrated its Bicentenary in 1988. Since then the historical interest in race relations has intensified, especially regarding frontier society.

For this reason the BHG conducted a further seminar on contact history during the pre-separation period (Saturday morning 26 October 1991 ). To the four papers given on that occasion have been added two on the same theme which were delivered at the previous seminar in 1985 and published in BHG papers no.5 on Brisbane: Aboriginal, alien, ethnic (now out of print).

The Aboriginal papers which remain in that volume for further reading are:

'Mi-an-jin: A re-creation of Aboriginal life ways', by Peter Lauer

'A short prehistory of the Moreton Region', by J. Hall

'The earliest photographs of Queensland Aborigines? Amalie Dietrich's collection for Museum Godeffroy 1863-72', by Ray Sumner

This new volume of papers hardly offers a full coverage of race relations in the region, let alone Aboriginal history. While providing overviews of the convict and early settlement period, it considers selected incidents and issues which offer insights into relations between Aborigines and Europeans.

It is the first volume of papers to be published in a new format by the Brisbane History Group. Illustrations were provided by various sources, especially the John Oxley and Mitchell Libraries. Shirley McCorkindale assisted with the index and Barry Shaw with the cover design. The Aboriginal design on chapter openings is used-by permission of John Graham. We are indebted particularly to the authors, repositories, editor, printer and producer for this contribution to the history of race relations in Australia and of Brisbane's past.

Keyword Aboriginal Australians -- Queensland -- Brisbane -- History
Brisbane (Qld.) -- Race relations
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