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Strehlow’s problem
Colonial transformations and a governmental event
in Governing natives
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The 1930s was a time of crisis in Australia’s Northern Territory. This chapter approaches that crisis first through the problem of jurisdictional ordering faced by patrol officers like Ted Strehlow, who encountered Indigenous laws and sovereignties that were beyond their control. The chapter describes indirect rule as an art of government to which Australian administrators turned to resolve some of these crises, in the interests of a developing northern settler colonialism.

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Governing natives

Indirect rule and settler colonialism in Australia’s north


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