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Peopling of the Northern Territory part 2: the white elephant laid to rest? In the inter-war years

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posted on 2001-01-01, 00:00 authored by Michele Langfield
Over time, the Immigration Restriction Act of 1901 and its later amendments were remarkably successful in excluding 'coloured' immigrants from Australia.  It is clear, however, that although most Australians wanted to preserve the 'white' and British character of their nation, the argument that 'non-white' and non-British immigrants were more suited to the settlement of northern Australia was frequently debated in the early decades of the twentieth century.  While this idea continued to challenge the validity of a 'white Australia' in the north, public figures were divided on the issue.  This article examines in some detail the contemporary debates over the peopling of the Northern Territory in the inter-war years.

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Journal of Northern Territory history

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12

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17 - 26

Publisher

Historical Society of the Northern Territory

Location

Darwin, N.T.

ISSN

1034-7488

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

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2001, Historical Society of the Northern Territory

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