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Torres Strait Islanders : custom and colonialism / Jeremy Beckett
Bib ID 3006385
Format BookBook
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Beckett, Jeremy, 1931-
 
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Description Cambridge ; Sydney : Cambridge University Press, 1987 
xii, 251 p. : ill., maps, ports. ; 23 cm. 
ISBN 052133361X
0521378621
Summary

Cultural history of Torres Strait Islands based on archival sources and the oral record, focussing on contrasts between Badu and Murray Islands; emergence of colonial order from mid l800s; introduction of Government, mission, industry; outbreak of pacific war during WWII, collapse of pearling industry, beginning of emmigration to mainland in l960s; Islanders understanding of their history, present situation; case studies of Badu and Murray Islands, first 100 years of colonisation; recent history, emergence of welfare economy, political system, mainland TSI community; role of Island custom in mediating their relationship with Australian society in part through imposing Islander social structures on changes brought from Australian culture.

Full contents
  • Machine derived contents note: List of plates and maps
  • Preface
  • List of abbreviations
  • 1. A 'tombstone opening' and the problem of island custom
  • 2. Pearlers, pastors and protectors
  • 3. Disastrous contact: 'army time' and after
  • 4. Reflections in a colonial mirror
  • 5. The Murray Islanders
  • 6. The Baduans
  • 7. Welfare colonialism
 
Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 236-246.

Source of Acquisition Copy 2 - donation from Tom Austen Brown collection 
Subjects Torres Strait Islanders -- Social life and customs.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions - Australian Board of Missions.  |  Religions - Christianity - Anglican Church.  |  Defence - World War II.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions.  |  Torres Strait Islanders (Qld TSI SC54, SC55)  |  Death - Mortuary customs - Tombstone opening ceremonies.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missionaries.  |  Hunting, gathering and fishing.  |  Colonisation.  |  Economic sectors - Pearling.  |  Meriam people (Y3) (Qld TSI SC55-05)  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- History.  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Social life and customs.  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Politics and government.  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld.) -- Colonial influence.  |  Torres Strait Islands (Qld TSI SC54, SC55-05)  |  Badu / Mulgrave Island (Qld TSI SC54-11)  |  Mer / Murray Island (Qld TSI SC55-05)  |  Torres Strait Islanders - Social life and customs  |  Torres Strait Islands - History  |  Torres Strait Islands - Social life and customs

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