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Racial folly : a twentieth-century Aboriginal family / Gordon Briscoe
Bib ID 4764626
Format BookBook, OnlineOnline
Briscoe, Gordon, 1938-
Online Versions
Description Canberra : ANU E Press, 2010 
xxiv, 226 p. ; 1 map, ports. ; 25 cm. 
ISBN 9781921666209

Aboriginal history monograph ; 20.

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"Gordon Briscoe's grandmother remembered stories about the first white men coming to the Northern Territory. This extraordinary memoir shows us the history of an Aboriginal family who lived under the race laws, practices and policies of Australia in the twentieth century. It tells the story of a people trapped in ideological folly spawned to solve ‘the half-caste problem'. It gives life to those generations of Aboriginal people assumed to have no history and whose past labels them only as shadowy figures. Briscoe's enthralling narrative combines his, and his contemporaries, institutional and family life with a high-level career at the heart of the Aboriginal political movement at its most dynamic time. It also documents the road he travelled as a seventeen year old fireman on the South Australia Railways to becoming the first Aboriginal person to achieve a PhD in history."--Publisher's website.


Includes bibliographical references (p. 221-226)

Also available in an electronic version via the Internet. Address as at 14 May 2010:

Subjects Briscoe, Gordon, 1938-  |  Aboriginal Australian intellectuals -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Intellectuals -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australian historians -- Biography.  |  Historians -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Political activists, Aboriginal Australian -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Political activists -- Australia -- Biography.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Politics and government.  |  Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Removal -- Biography.  |  Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care -- South Australia -- Biography.  |  Child welfare - Child / parent separation - Stolen generations.  |  Social identity - Mixed descent.  |  Settlement and contacts - Government settlements, reserves.  |  Government policy - Self determination.  |  Race relations - Violent - Massacres, murders, poisonings etc. - 1901-  |  Race relations - Racial discrimination.  |  History - Genealogy and family history.  |  Education - Schools.  |  Children - Abuse and neglect.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions.  |  Child welfare - Children's homes.  |  History - Biographies - Indigenous - Autobiographies.  |  Religions - Christianity - Anglican Church.  |  Socioeconomic conditions - Social deprivation.  |  Government policy - Assimilation.  |  Sport - Football - Soccer.  |  Manjiljarra / Martu Wangka people (A51.1) (WA SF51-12)  |  Politics and Government - Political action - Activism.  |  Settlement and contacts - Resettlement and removals.  |  Education - Tertiary.  |  Habitation - Camps - Fringe and town.  |  Iwupataka / Jay Creek (South Central NT SF53-14)  |  Sydney (NSW SI56-05)  |  South Australia (SA)  |  Mparntwe / Alice Springs (South Central NT SF53-14)  |  Redfern (Inner Sydney NSW SI56-05)  |  Balaklava (SE SA SI54-09)  |  Yurrkarrn / Coniston (South Central NT SF53-09)  |  Northern Territory (NT)  |  Mulgoa (Penrith, W Sydney NSW SI56-05)


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