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Nigel Penn

been savaged and repudiated’, and who is yet, according to Robert I. Burns, ‘a kind of vampire, killed on many a day with a stake through his Thesis, yet ever undead and stalking abroad’. 1 What is the ghastly reality behind this horrible vision? In 1893 the American historian, Frederick Jackson Turner, delivered a paper entitled ‘The Significance of the

in Colonial frontiers
Conflict and crisis, 1918–45
Ben Silverstein

the Court of Arbitration and Conciliation noted in 1934 that ‘the Northern Territory is in the peculiar position that she produces practically nothing of any particular account which brings in revenue for the Territory or any income for its people’. The anthropologist W. E. H. Stanner argued in 1939 that ‘economically speaking, the north has been dying on its feet for twenty years’, and Prime Minister John Curtin, speaking at a Conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers on postwar reconstruction in October 1944, preferred to speak of parts of the north as undead

in Governing natives