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Author Owen, Chris, (Historian), author

Title 'Every mother's son is guilty' : policing the Kimberley frontier of Western Australia 1882-1905 / Chris Owen
Published Crawley : UWA Publishing ; Moorebank : NewSouth Books [Distributor]
Crawley, Western Australia : UWA Publishing, 2016
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Description xv, 632 pages : illustrations (black and white), map ; 24 cm
Contents 1. 'Schooling the unruly aboriginal into obedience' : historiography and literature review -- 2. 'The only remaining portion of the large continent of Australia hitherto unoccupied' : setting the scene -- 3. 'Weather hot, flies troublesome ...' : arrival -- 4. 'Show civility and a readiness to assist' : issues and innovations in Kimberley policing -- 5. ̀These puerile attempts at arrest' : early West Kimberley policing 1882-1890 -- 6. 'A more powerful and warlike race' : early East Kimberley policing 1882-1890 -- 7. 'In the hands of a small oligarchy' : responsible government in Western Australia -- 8. 'The squatters have them all' : aboriginal "outlaws" and a new police force -- 9. 'Will you at once take action' : the West Kimberley police 1890-1898 -- 10. 'They show fight on the approach of any white man' : the "killing times" in the East Kimberley 1890-1898 -- 11. 'Necessity requires no precedents' : new methods of control 1897-1905 --12. 'They must be allowed the wherewithal to live' : the Roth Report -- Postscript : '... in no other country are the aborigines better looked after than in West Australia' -- Appendices -- Appendix 1. Map of the Kimberley -- Appendix 2. Table of stock losses
Summary In 'Every mother's son is guilty', Chris Owen provides a compelling account of policing in the Kimberley district from 1882, when police were established in the district, until 1905 when Dr. Walter Roth's controversial Royal Commission into the treatment of Aboriginal people was released. Owen's achievement is to take elements of all the pre-existing historiography and test them against a rigorous archival investigation. In doing so a fuller understanding of the complex social, economic and political changes occurring in Western Australia during the period are exposed. The policing of Aboriginal people changed from one of protection under law to one of punishment and control. The subsequent violence of colonial settlement and the associated policing and criminal justice system that developed, often of questionable legality, was what Royal Commissioner Roth termed a 'brutal and outrageous state of affairs'. 'Every mother's son is guilty' is a significant contribution to Australian and colonial criminal justice history
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Jandamarra, approximately 1870-1897
Sandamara, -1897
Roth, Walter E. (Walter Edmund), 1861-1933
Western Australia. Royal Commission on the Condition of the Natives
Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc -- Western Australia -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Western Australia -- Kimberley -- History
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Western Australia -- Kimberley -- 19th century
Police -- Western Australia -- Kimberley -- History
Pioneers -- Western Australia -- Kimberley -- History
Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- Western Australia -- History
Police -- Australia -- Kimberley Region (W.A.) -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia -- Kimberley Region (W.A.)
Pioneers -- Australia -- Kimberley Region (W.A.) -- History
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Australia -- Kimberley Region (W.A.) -- 19th century
Police -- Australia -- East Kimberley (W.A.) -- History -- 19th century
Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia -- East Kimberley (W.A.)
Pioneers -- Australia -- East Kimberley (W.A.) -- History -- 19th century
Aboriginal Australians -- Legal status, laws, etc -- Western Australia -- History
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Western Australia -- Kimberley Region -- History -- 19th century
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Australia -- East Kimberley (W.A.) -- History -- 19th century
Aboriginal Australians, Treatment of -- Western Australia -- Kimberley -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Western Australia -- Kimberley Region -- History
Criminal justice, Administration of -- Western Australia -- Kimberley Region -- 19th century
Pioneers -- Western Australia -- Kimberley Region -- History
Police -- Western Australia -- Kimberley Region -- History
Kimberley (W.A.) -- History -- 19th century
Kimberley (W.A.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century
LC no. 2017304091
ISBN 9781742586687
1742586686
Other Titles Policing the Kimberley frontier of Western Australia 1882 - 1905