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Dreams and Nightmares of a White Australia

Representing Aboriginal Assimilation in the Mid-twentieth Century


Catriona Elder

Contents: Writing a story of mixed-race relations in ‘white Australia’ – Mapping a ‘white Australia’: political and government responses to the ‘half-caste’ problem – Blood: elimination, assimilation and the white Australian nation in E. V. Timms’ The Scarlet Frontier – Making families white: Indigenous mothers, families and children in Gwen Meredith’s Blue Hills: the Ternna-Boolla Story – Haunted homes: children, desire and dispossession in Helen Heney’s The Leaping Blaze – Scopic pleasure and fantasy: visualizing assimilation and the half-caste in Leonard Mann’s Venus Half-Caste – Dead centre: frontier relations in Olaf Ruhen’s Naked Under Capricorn.