By Noel Loos
Framing the church buildings’ missionary outreach to Aboriginal humans in the truth of frontier violence, govt keep watch over, segregation, and forget, this account finds how Aboriginal humans at the missions replied to white Christianity as a part of their enforced cultural switch. It additionally tells how, ws missionary regulate reduced, they replied extra openly and autonomouslysome relating to Christianity as beside the point, others adopting it in culturally gratifying methods.
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He publicly blamed the parsimony of the state and federal governments for the poverty of the Aboriginal people that had been entrusted to them. At this time, government reports revealed that Aboriginal stillbirths and premature baby deaths occurred at four times the white Australian rate, deaths under one year at more than six times, and for children under four more than thirteen times the white Australian rate. Malnutrition was the main cause of death of 50 per cent of children under three years old, and 85 per cent of children under four years.
When I was doing doctoral research in the early 1970s, I came upon one of the few detailed accounts of what could happen on a Native Police patrol. The attack was referred to at the time as a ‘dispersal’, another frontier euphemism. Extracts from the Burketown correspondent to the Brisbane Courier, 9 June 1868, make clear what happened: I much regret to state that the blacks have become very troublesome about here lately. Within ten miles of this place they speared and cut steaks from the rumps of several horses.
Settlers were sworn in as special constables to accompany the police and Aboriginal trackers on a series of punitive expeditions. The inspector in charge recorded killing forty-nine Aborigines. As with the other examples Reynolds used in this chapter to suggest genocidal intentions and actions, no due process of law was followed, no attempt was made to arrest and put suspects on trial. 21 In Chapter 6, we will explore an incident very similar to the one described above that occurred as late as 1926.
White Christ Black Cross: The Emergence of a Black Church by Noel Loos