For Their Own Good: Aborigines and Government in the South West of Western Australia, 1900-1940

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University of Western Australia Press, 1992 - History - 413 pages
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This book is a powerful and moving history of Aboriginal people in the south west of Western Australia covering a time when they experienced profound changes in their way of life and status in the community. Their independent life in the bush, on stations and on their own small farms was progressively eroded by discriminatory laws, bureaucratic interference and overt racism. The Aborigines' dignity and strength as they battled to maintain their independence and pride offer lessons for all people.

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Anna Haebich is a multi-award winning Australian author and historian, who is especially recognised for her research and work with Aboriginal communities and in particular the Noongar people. She is part of a large Noongar family through marriage. Her career combines university teaching, research, curatorship, creative writing and visual arts. Anna is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor at Curtin University and is currently researching Aboriginal performing arts in Western Australia, past and present. Her publications include Broken Circles: Fragmenting Indigenous Families 1800-2000, which is the first and most comprehensive national history of Australia's Stolen Generations; the definitive history For Their Own Good: Aborigines and Government in the South West of Western Australia 1900-1940; and Spinning the Dream: Assimilation in Australia.

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