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Indigenous Australia-Indonesian intermarriage: Negotiating citizenship rights in twentieth-century Australia

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Abstract


  • This story of Indigenous Australian-Indonesian intermarriage is one that sheds

    light on the changes to citizenship entitlement in Australia and the struggles of

    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Asian peoples to lead their lives free from

    government intervention. Indonesian-Australian contacts remain relatively

    unknown in Australian history. Early Macassan relations with the peoples of

    Northern Australia, brought to light by Campbell Macknight, stands out in

    Australian history as a significant first contact with Asia. More recently Regina

    Ganter has continued the Macassan story into the twentieth century exploring

    encounters with northern communities across Australia. But the story of

    wartime disruption faced by the families of Indonesian men and Aboriginal and

    Torres Strait Islander women and their long wait for citizenship rights has yet

    to be told.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Martinez, J. 2011, 'Indigenous Australia-Indonesian intermarriage: Negotiating citizenship rights in twentieth-century Australia', Aboriginal History, vol. 35, pp. 177-195.

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2186&context=artspapers

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1167

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 177

End Page


  • 195

Volume


  • 35

Abstract


  • This story of Indigenous Australian-Indonesian intermarriage is one that sheds

    light on the changes to citizenship entitlement in Australia and the struggles of

    Aboriginal, Torres Strait Islander and Asian peoples to lead their lives free from

    government intervention. Indonesian-Australian contacts remain relatively

    unknown in Australian history. Early Macassan relations with the peoples of

    Northern Australia, brought to light by Campbell Macknight, stands out in

    Australian history as a significant first contact with Asia. More recently Regina

    Ganter has continued the Macassan story into the twentieth century exploring

    encounters with northern communities across Australia. But the story of

    wartime disruption faced by the families of Indonesian men and Aboriginal and

    Torres Strait Islander women and their long wait for citizenship rights has yet

    to be told.

Publication Date


  • 2011

Citation


  • Martinez, J. 2011, 'Indigenous Australia-Indonesian intermarriage: Negotiating citizenship rights in twentieth-century Australia', Aboriginal History, vol. 35, pp. 177-195.

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2186&context=artspapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1167

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 177

End Page


  • 195

Volume


  • 35