‘This is an important, well researched book: challenging, compelling and controversial. It is a must read for anyone interested in Australian history.’ – Henry Reynolds
The Queensland frontier was more violent than any other Australian colony. From the first penal settlement at Moreton Bay in 1824, as white pastoralists moved into new parts of country, violence invariably followed. Many tens of thousands of Aboriginals were killed on the Queensland frontier. Europeans were killed too, but in much smaller numbers.
The cover-up began from the start: the authorities in Sydney and Brisbane didn’t want to know, the Native Police did their deadly work without hindrance, and the pastoralists had every reason to keep it to themselves. Even today, what we know about the killing times is swept aside again and again in favour of the pioneer myth.
Timothy Bottoms is a Cairns-based historian and author of Djabugay Country and A History of Cairns
Published by Allen & Unwin, 2013. 288 pages, Paperback