Out of the Silence The history and memory of South Australia's frontier wars
When South Australia was founded in 1836, the British government was pursuing a new approach to the treatment of Aboriginal people, hoping to avoid the violence that marked earlier Australian settlement. The colony's founding Proclamation declared that as British subjects, Aboriginal people would be as much 'under the safeguard of the law as the Colonists themselves, and equally entitled to the privileges of British subjects'. But could colonial governments provide the protection that was promised?
Out of the Silence explores the nature and extent of violence on South Australia's frontiers in light of the foundational promise to provide Aboriginal people with the protection of the law, and the resonances of that history in social memory. What do we find when we compare the history of the frontier with the patterns of how it is remembered and forgotten? And what might this reveal about our understanding of the nation's history and its legacies in the present?
Praise forOut of the Silence: 'Out of the Silence is a comprehensive examination of the nature and extent of violence between Aboriginal people and colonists on the South Australian and Northern Territory frontiers.' – Nic Klaassen, Flinders Ranges Research
'Injustice against Aboriginal peoples in the founding of the nation casts a shadow over our future. Until we address our moral obligation to make reparation as fully as we can, we will never escape the stain on our memory. Out of the Silence is well argued and it provides insight into the way forward.' – Paul W. Newbury, Bonzer (Sept 2012)
Robert Foster is Associate Professor in the School of History and Politics at the University of Adelaide. Amanda Nettelbeck is Professor in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide. Their previous co-authored books, also published by Wakefield Press, are Fatal Collisions: The South Australian frontier and the violence of memory (with Rick Hosking, 2001) and In the Name of the Law: William Willshire and the policing of the Australian frontier (2007).