Aboriginal Labour and the Cattle Industry: Queensland from White Settlement to the Present

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CUP Archive, Jan 1, 1994 - Business & Economics - 242 pages
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Cattle has been big business in Australia for well over a century and earns substantial export dollars. Yet the contribution that Aboriginal people have made to this key sector of the Australian economy has not been widely recognised. This book uncovers the central role of Aboriginal labour in the Queensland cattle industry. It looks at a broad period, from Aboriginal land use at the time of first contact, resistance to white settlers and rapid absorption of Aboriginal people into the pastoral economy. The book also considers the impact of the introduction of equal pay rates in the 1970s and land management in the 1990s. Dawn May shows that the use of Aboriginal labour was a complex process involving a high degree of state intervention. Her book is an important economic and social history of the cattle industry in Queensland, but the pressing issue of native title makes the book highly relevant throughout post-Mabo Australia.
  

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Contents

Minimum rates of pay for Aboriginal workers in the Queensland
1
Aboriginal Land Use at the Time of Contact
11
The Arrival of White People
24
Illustrations
31
Aboriginal prisoner chained to a cart at Croydon c 1894
37
The Entry of Aboriginal Workers into the Cattle Industry
40
Wooroora station Aborigines c 1900
49
The last of the Magowra tribe 191520
56
Wollogorang station in the 1920s
113
Increasing Government Involvement
120
Wages of nonAboriginal station hands 191761
121
Aboriginal savings held in trust by the Queensland government 1935
127
Pages from wages register 1927
128
Ned and Freddie of Lorraine station 1931
135
Missions
136
Aboriginal stockmen during World War II
141

The 1897 Act and its Aftermath
59
Cloncurry Aborigines c 1895
62
Page from Lorraine station ledger 1904
70
Opponents of the Act
75
cattle industry 1915
76
Sgt Whelan with Boulia Aborigines c 1907
77
Headingfy station
88
Lawn Hill station c 1933
95
The 1919 Employment Regulation
104
Aboriginal and white wages 191819
108
Wages of Aboriginal general station hands 18971968
111
Wages of stockmen on Canobie station 193846
149
Road trains 1959
152
Royal Flying Doctor Service 1961
159
Equal Pay
160
Topsy examining leaves of a eucalyptus tree 1976
170
Contemporary Land Management
174
Handover of Merepah station to traditional owners 1990
178
Estimating the Number of Aboriginal Workers
187
North Queensland cattle properties
190
Bibliography
223
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