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Conspiracy of Silence: Queensland's Frontier Killing Times

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The Queensland frontier was more violent than any other Australian colony. Starting with the penal settlement of Moreton Bay in 1824, as white pastoralists moved into new parts of country, violence invariably followed. Over 50,000 Aboriginals were killed on the Queensland frontier, a quarter of the original population. Europeans were killed too, but not in anything like th ...more
Paperback, 172 pages
Published October 21st 2013 by Allen Unwin (first published June 1st 2013)
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Dan Phillips
Oct 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A very disturbing read and certainly not the history of Queensland I have grown up with. An important book for any Australian to read, left me questioning what had to have happened in the past for me to be here now.
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Aug 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I approached this book with some trepidation due to the subject matter, and that so much had been said and that it is such a contentious issue. I however found that the author had presented an amazing collection of facts and accounts which gave one of the best views on this hidden history of our colonial past. This is a MUST READ for anyone seeking the truth in our Australian colonial history!
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for its account, reference and logical presentation and it wo
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Brian Sullivan
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A very important book that details the frontier wars between White settlers and Aboriginals in Queensland. The book is rich in source material and avoids exaggeration - or denial - of a history often compartmentalized in books or even denied.

The book is important because while modern Australians are not responsible for what happened, we are responsible to acknowledge it.

Australias aboriginal history has been labelled a "blemish" but as Raymond Evans notes in the forward, it is more a protracted
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Suzanne Philp
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Why say 'kill when you can get away with saying 'disperse'? This is a very unpleasant read indeed, but I'm glad I have. It's better to know than not know. If you're interested in learning more about Queensland and Australian history, add this book to your reading list.
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written really well but a very very sad story
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A very poorly researched book that lacks both scholarship or critical analysis.

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Australia has a black history, and Queensland's history is the blackest of all. Timothy Bottom's meticulously researched book, Conspiracy of Silence, is a difficult book to read. It is devastating to be confronted, page by page, by what is essentially the genocide of Aboriginal peoples in the area of the Australian continent known as Queensland.

Bottoms provides the statistic that, conservatively, the figure of Aboriginal peoples killed in Queensland in the frontier wars is around 48,000. These
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“No Australian today is responsible for what happened on our colonial frontier. But we are responsible for not acknowledging what happened. If we do not, our integrity as a nation is flawed and we are shamed as a people for perpetuating a lie.” 2 likes
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