A Picnic with the Natives: Aboriginal-European Relations in the Northern Territory to 1910

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Melbourne University Press, Jan 1, 1990 - Aboriginal Australians - 220 pages
As Europeans began arriving in the Australian Northern Territory, meetings of locals and intruders were at first cautious, nervous, but generally cordial. Distant officials urged liberality and restraint upon the colonizers, but made no acknowledgement of Aboriginal rights. Uneasy peace ended with the coming of the pastoralists. Individual cases of mutual goodwill are documented, but from the chasm of misunderstanding between cultures and the clash of territorial interests grew hostility and bloodshed and a steady weakening of official resolve.

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Gordon Reid was born in Lethbridge and is the author of two other books of Canadian history, Dinosaur Provincial Park and Poor Bloody Murder: Memoirs of the First World War. He has had a lifetime interest in history, cinema, astronomy, and literature. He lives in Oakville, ON.

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