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Finding Home in White Australia: The O¿Keefe Deportation Case of 1949

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In 1949 the White Australia Policy was put on trial in the High Court of Australia in the matter O’Keefe v Calwell; popularly known as the ‘O’Keefe Deportation Case’. Drawn from archival research, this article examines the legal arguments that both sides brought to the court. The case raised a number of issues that went far beyond narrow legal and technical arguments. Under what circumstances could a foreign-born non-European individual call Australia home? The answer to this question was seen to hold not only the fate of one Indonesian family but the White Australia Policy and also Australia’s entire postwar migration program. This article has been peer-reviewed.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Brawley, S. (2014). Finding Home in White Australia: The O¿Keefe Deportation Case of 1949. History Australia, 11(1), 128-148. doi:10.1080/14490854.2014.11668503

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85044591577

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 128

End Page


  • 148

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 1

Abstract


  • In 1949 the White Australia Policy was put on trial in the High Court of Australia in the matter O’Keefe v Calwell; popularly known as the ‘O’Keefe Deportation Case’. Drawn from archival research, this article examines the legal arguments that both sides brought to the court. The case raised a number of issues that went far beyond narrow legal and technical arguments. Under what circumstances could a foreign-born non-European individual call Australia home? The answer to this question was seen to hold not only the fate of one Indonesian family but the White Australia Policy and also Australia’s entire postwar migration program. This article has been peer-reviewed.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Brawley, S. (2014). Finding Home in White Australia: The O¿Keefe Deportation Case of 1949. History Australia, 11(1), 128-148. doi:10.1080/14490854.2014.11668503

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85044591577

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 128

End Page


  • 148

Volume


  • 11

Issue


  • 1