By Tony Roberts
Professor Henry Reynolds
A not easy and illuminating historical past, Frontier Justice brings a clean standpoint to the Northern Territory’s striking frontier period. For the newcomer, the Gulf countryfrom the Queensland border to the overland telegraph line, and from the Barkly Tableland to the Roper Riverwas a harsh and in areas impassable wasteland. To explorers like Leichhardt, it promised discovery, and to daring adventurers just like the overlanders and pastoralists, a brand new commence. For prospectors of their 1000's, it used to be a gateway to the riches of the Kimberley goldfields. To the 2,500 Aboriginal population, it used to be their actual and non secular domestic. From the 1870s, with the outlet of the Coast tune, cattlemen wanting to lay declare to enormous tracts of station land introduced livestock in gigantic numbers and destruction to necessary lagoons and fragile terrain. Black and white clash escalated into unfettered violence and retaliation that might expand into the following century, displacing, and in a few parts destroying, the unique inhabitants.
The vibrant characters who humans this meticulously researched and compelling background are indelibly etched from diaries and letters, archival documents and eyewitness bills. integrated are maps with unique position names, and formerly unpublished images and illustrations.
A commanding learn of race kinfolk within the distant Gulf kingdom. Tony Roberts uncovers compelling facts of a litany of violence throughout a few forty-odd years of tough borderlands dispossession in an encompassing, strong and worrying history.”
Professor Raymond Evans
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