Can we civilize the Aborigines without killing them? : Florence Nightingale's influence on Bishop Salvado

Shellam, Tiffany 2009, Can we civilize the Aborigines without killing them? : Florence Nightingale's influence on Bishop Salvado, New Norcia studies, vol. 17, pp. 63-69.


Title Can we civilize the Aborigines without killing them? : Florence Nightingale's influence on Bishop Salvado
Author(s) Shellam, Tiffany
Journal name New Norcia studies
Volume number 17
Start page 63
End page 69
Total pages 7
Publisher The Archives, Research and Publications Committee, New Norcia
Place of publication New Norcia, W. A.
Publication date 2009-10
ISSN 1039-8627
Keyword(s) colonisation - history
mission history
Indigneous history - Western Australia
Summary In 1859 English public health nurse Florence Nightingale decided to conduct a study of the mortality rates in ‘native schools’ in Britain’s colonies. Since the 1837 publication of the House of Commons Report on the impact of British settlement on native people’s, there had been a speculative discourse about the decline of the Aboriginal populations in the colonies; concerns about Aboriginal health and welfare were debated frequently. New Norcia was included in Nightingale’s study and played a big part in Nightingale’s conclusions.
This paper will discuss the study and New Norcia’s participation in it, with particular attention to the correspondence, questionnaires and reports that travelled between Salvado and Nightingale. This unique archive reveals not only Nightingale’s concern about the relationship between civilizing and Aboriginal ill-health in the colonies, but also shed’s light on Salvado’s remarkable insight into this delicate and fraught relationship. By analysing Salvado’s statistical collections and reports for Nightingale’s study on New Norcia’s Aboriginal residents, it is possible to understand that Salvado evaluated and repudiated the influential theory that the Aborigines were inevitably a dying race.
Language eng
Field of Research 210301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C3.1 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30049761

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Humanities and Social Sciences
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