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Henry Prinsep's empire : framing a distant colony / Malcolm Allbrook.
[Variant title:Imperial family the Prinseps : empire and colonial government in India and Australia.]
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759.994 PRI
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Author was a resident of W.A. Also W.A. content.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents: 5. Meeting Aboriginal people "Fatigue, fear and anxiety"; "This strange young Englishman"; George Coobul and Henry Prinsep; Fanny Balbuk and Ngilgie; Almost one of the family -- 7. "Received into the very best society" : politics laid bare; John Gribble and the Church of England Mission Committee; A colonial bull market -- 8. Chief Protector of Aborigines : "Complete separation from their savage life"; "Like tribes of Arabs"; A "firm course of action" -- 9. "Move slowly in a difficult matter"; Calling "Aboriginal expertise"; "The dire necessity of a suffering race"; "Neck-chaining has not a pleasant sound"
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[2014]. ©2014.
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ANU Press. ; Canberra, A.C.T. : ANU Press
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xx, 343 pages : illustrations (some colour) ; 25 cm.
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9781925021608 (paperback);
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monograph
Abstract:
Henry Prinsep is known as Western Australia's first Chief Protector of Aborigines in the colonial government of Sir John Forrest, a period which saw the introduction of oppressive laws that dominated the lives of Aboriginal people for most of the twentieth
century. But he was also an artist, horse-trader, member of a prominent East India Company family, and everyday citizen, whose identity was formed during his colonial upbringing in India and England. As a creator of Imperial culture, he supported the great men and women of history while he painted, wrote about and photographed the scenes around him. In terms of naked power he was a middle man, perhaps even a small man. His empire is an intensely personal place, a vast network of family and friends from every quarter of the British imperial world, engaged in the common tasks of making a home and a career, while framing new identities, new imaginings and new relationships with each other, indigenous peoples and fellow colonists. This book traces Henry Prinsep's life from India to Western Australia and shows how these texts and images illuminate not only Prinsep the man, but the affectionate bonds that endured despite the geographic bounds of empire, and the historical, social, geographic and economic origins of Aboriginal and colonial relationships which are important to this day.
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03/05/2019