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‘Uplifting’ white men: marriage, maintenance and whiteness in Queensland, 1900–1910

Journal Article


Abstract


  • The Apology to the Stolen Generations in the Australian Federal Parliament

    on 13 February 20082 called on non-indigenous Australians to imagine and

    understand the pain experienced by Aboriginal children forcibly removed

    from their families between 1910 and 1970. The Apology prompts the need

    for a deeper understanding of the roles of whites and of whiteness3 in this

    history. The fact that the majority of indigenous children stolen had white

    fathers or grandfathers deserves further scrutiny, particularly as removal

    under the policy of ‘breeding out the colour’4 (a policy proclaimed in 1937)

    situated the ‘white father’ as central (both problem and solution) to the

    biological assimilation of Aboriginal people. In relation to the enormity

    of the pain and suffering inflicted on Aboriginal people by the policy of

    removal, questions about the ‘white father’ might seem insignificant, even

    supererogatory. But an analysis of the role of white fathers can serve to

    outline how discourses of whiteness, masculinity and paternalism are

    produced alongside histories of assimilation. This relatively small, but

    nevertheless significant part of Stolen Generations history is the subject of

    this article, narrowed down to a selection of letters between white men

    and Protectors,5 and debates in the Queensland Parliament between 1900 and

    1910.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. S. (2009). ‘Uplifting’ white men: marriage, maintenance and whiteness in Queensland, 1900–1910. Postcolonial Studies: culture, politics, economy, 12 (1), 89-106.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2545

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 89

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The Apology to the Stolen Generations in the Australian Federal Parliament

    on 13 February 20082 called on non-indigenous Australians to imagine and

    understand the pain experienced by Aboriginal children forcibly removed

    from their families between 1910 and 1970. The Apology prompts the need

    for a deeper understanding of the roles of whites and of whiteness3 in this

    history. The fact that the majority of indigenous children stolen had white

    fathers or grandfathers deserves further scrutiny, particularly as removal

    under the policy of ‘breeding out the colour’4 (a policy proclaimed in 1937)

    situated the ‘white father’ as central (both problem and solution) to the

    biological assimilation of Aboriginal people. In relation to the enormity

    of the pain and suffering inflicted on Aboriginal people by the policy of

    removal, questions about the ‘white father’ might seem insignificant, even

    supererogatory. But an analysis of the role of white fathers can serve to

    outline how discourses of whiteness, masculinity and paternalism are

    produced alongside histories of assimilation. This relatively small, but

    nevertheless significant part of Stolen Generations history is the subject of

    this article, narrowed down to a selection of letters between white men

    and Protectors,5 and debates in the Queensland Parliament between 1900 and

    1910.

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Probyn-Rapsey, F. S. (2009). ‘Uplifting’ white men: marriage, maintenance and whiteness in Queensland, 1900–1910. Postcolonial Studies: culture, politics, economy, 12 (1), 89-106.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2545

Number Of Pages


  • 17

Start Page


  • 89

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 12

Issue


  • 1

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom