The Australian Frontier Wars, 1788-1838

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UNSW Press, 2002 - History - 175 pages
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From the Swan River to the Hawkesbury, and from the sticky Arnhem Land mangrove to the soft green hills of Tasmania, this book describes the major conflicts fought on the Australian frontier to 1838. Based on extensive research and using overseas frontier wars to add perspective to the Australian experience, The Australian Frontier Wars 1788-1838 will change our view of Australian history forever. Over the last thirty years, Australians have become increasingly aware that violence accompanied the colonisation of their continent. Historians have shown that the armed conflicts between Aborigines and British settlers and soldiers, though small in scale and sporadic in nature, can truly be described as 'wars'. However, a gap remains at the heart of our understanding of the Australian frontier: the actual warfare, and the weapons and tactics used to fight it, remain poorly understood. The Australian Frontier Wars is the first book-length military history of frontier conflict in Australia. Covering the first fifty years of British occupation in Australia, this book examines in detail how both sides fought on the frontier. It shows how Aborigines developed a new form of warfare that diffe
  

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Contents

Warriors and soliders
1
Sydney 17881791
22
The HawkesburyNepean River 17951816
35
The Bathurst and Hunter Valley Districts 18221826
53
Northern and Western Australia 18241834
68
Van Diemens Land 18261831
84
The Liverpool Plains and Port Phillip Districts 1838
102
Notes
123
Select bibliography
153
Index
166
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Dr John Connor is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of New South Wales.

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