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Making sense of law and disorder

journal contribution
posted on 2007-03-01, 00:00 authored by Tiffany ShellamTiffany Shellam
This article tells the story of a cross-cultural encounter on a beach at King George's Sound in the south west of Australia in 1826, when Major Edmund Lockyer arrived to establish a British military garrison. The account we have of those early encounters come from the pen of Lockyer, and by taking a close reading of his journal this article attempts to reveal the meanings and context of Aboriginal actions. It also analyses how the Aborigines and the British made sense and subsequently responded to the encounter. Whilst this story is not given iconic status in Australian historiography, it is valuable in opening up a porthole into this contact zone at the moment when precarious relationships were being formed.

History

Journal

History and anthropology

Volume

18

Pagination

75-88

Location

London, England

ISSN

0275-7206

eISSN

1477-2612

Indigenous content

This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2007, Taylor & Francis

Issue

1

Publisher

Routledge