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The first way, in which the relationship between the British and the Aboriginals was doomed from the start, is evident from the European encroachment into the land of Aboriginals (Broome, 2005: 29). At first, the European came in a friendly manner which lured the Aboriginals into assisting them in their exploration. Little did the Aboriginals knew that the British had a hidden agenda of encroaching into their territories and making them theirs. When the Aboriginals realized what the Europeans were doing, they resisted violently. This resistance resulted to the use of power of the gun by the Europeans against the Aboriginals. They perpetrated their wishes on Aboriginals with violence. They took over the land and graced their goats while others became settlers who grew crops (Biddle, 2013: 715).

The second way, in which a doomed relationship is portrayed between the British and the Aboriginals, is through the colonization of Aboriginals by the British (Tatz, 2011: 231). Through the use of the power of guns, the police corps and violence, Europeans colonized Aboriginals. Whenever the aboriginals resisted, they were brutally exterminated through shooting. A good example of such a situation is the event that took place in Tasmania, which the British labeled Black War. Many Aboriginals were exterminated by shooting through this war. This incidence demonstrated that the relationship of the British and the Aboriginals was doomed.

The third demonstration of a doomed relationship between the British and the Aboriginals is evident from the trial of the British to impose their civilization on the Aboriginals (Anderson & Perrin, 2011: 147). As time progressed, the British started imposing their culture and civilization on the Aboriginals. They despised the culture of the natives and termed it as barbaric and archaic, and they thus imposed theirs on the Aboriginals (Anderson & Perrin, 2011: 147). The imposing of their civilization was in the form of education and Christianity. The British converted the Aboriginals from their hunting and gathering lifestyle to farmers. They also established their administration systems which were led by the chiefs and employed some Aboriginals as guards to be informing them on the proceedings. These guards were used by the British administration to perpetuate their wishes on the Aboriginals. The Aboriginals gave in to the wishes of Europeans for the fear that had been instilled in them.

In terms of education, the parents took their children to schools under duress (Anderson & Perrin, 2011: 147). The schools that the British established were for boarding. When the parents took their children to school as requested by the British colony, they were allowed regular visit to see their children. However, keeping in regular touch with the children was impossible because of the limited resources which were available at disposal by the Aboriginals. This situation led to a weakening bond between the parents and their children. The weakening bond between the Aboriginal parents and their children was what the British were aiming at achieving (Anderson & Perrin, 2011: 147). With the weakened bonds, the children could grow up free from the salvage contamination.

This way, the British would use these children against their parents resulting to a situation of dividing to be able to rule ruling. When the parents resisted adhering to the order of the British colony of taking their children to school, the children were taken away by force. However, the British colony made an offer in such a favorable way that the parents would not refuse to cooperate (Haebich, 2011: 1034). Not that the parents were willing to take their children to school, but they did so to escape the consequences of not cooperating. This is a clear evidence that the relationship of the British and the Aboriginals was doomed right from the beginning.

The fourth demonstration of a doomed relationship is the introduction of alcohol by the British (Haebich, 2011: 1039). When the British introduced alcohol, many aboriginals especially men, fell in love with it. When they developed a habit of excessive drinking of alcohol, the European found a weak point through which they imposed their wishes on the Aboriginals (Haebich, 2011: 1041). Men, who would fight against the British, would no longer do so since they were transformed into alcohol maniacs.

The fifth way, in which the relationship of the British and the Aboriginals was doomed, is through the spread of diseases (Broome, 2005: 114). Previously, the Aboriginals had not been exposed to severe diseases. With the intermingling between the British and the Aboriginals, new severe diseases were introduced among the Aboriginals. These diseases included; tuberculosis, whooping cough, influenza, measles, small pox, dysentery and venereal diseases (Broome, 2005: 115).These diseases were very strange to the Aboriginals, and their natural doctors could not heal them. They thus relied on the European doctors who treated them with artificial medicines such as copper sulphate (Biddle, 2013: 724). The emergence of the diseases led them to go against their stands and sort assistance from the Europeans. This way, the British had won the battle to their side since they would manipulate the Aboriginals to do their will as they wished. They used this opportunity to further isolate the aboriginals and occupied their lands for farming.

The sixth evidence of a doomed relationship between the British and the Aboriginals is eminent from the decreased population of the Aboriginals (Broome, 2005: 117). Attributed to the emerging diseases such as the tuberculosis that led to catastrophic deaths of Aboriginals, their population reduced drastically. Also, the violence perpetrated on Aboriginals led a massive death which in turn reduced the population significantly. With a reduced, Aboriginals had no power to fight for themselves. This way, the British had an upper hand in fulfilling their goals in Australia. The Europeans were indeed very happy with the decrease in population of the Aboriginals so that they could farm their fertile lands and benefit significantly (Haebich, 2011: 1067). To further ensure that the population of the indigenous inhabitants decreased, the perpetrated the acts of causing grave harm to both the body and the mind. They did so through severe beatings and the use of the Aboriginals for experimentations. They also intentionally exacted conditions on the Aboriginals meant to cause partial or full physical destruction. In additional, they executed processes projected to inhibit births among the Aboriginals. All these elimination methods make up the controversial humanity issue today that is referred to as Genocide in Australian (Tatz, 2011: 240). This is a depiction of how doomed the relationship of the British and the Aboriginals was from the start. The British colony never meant any good for the Aboriginals.

The seventh demonstration of a doomed relationship between the British and the Aboriginals is evident from the twentieth-century policy of settlers (Tatz, 2011: 232). In the first portion of the twentieth century, the theories concerning racial inferiority were very prevalent in Australia. They were utilized in justifying a mistreatment of Aboriginals as a race with inferiority. This policy allowed the British to treat Aborigines in inhuman ways as experimental animals (Tatz, 2011: 237). In the early twentieth century, most of the Aboriginals were subjected to experiments such as the brain capacity investigation. They were termed as being too low in humanity scale to benefit from anything good such as civilization.

Although the Aboriginals were acknowledged as humans, they were termed as nowhere near the yellow or the white races. The research carried on the Aboriginals was aimed at establishing whether they were closer to humans’ capacity or the apes (Cox, Young & Bairnsfather-Scott, 2009: 153). This is a sign of how the relationship of the British and the Aboriginals was doomed right from the start. Even before the British invaded Australia, they made explorations in the land with a notion in mind that the Aboriginals were somehow half humans.

The other evidence of the doomed relationship is evident from the exterminations that took place in Tasmania, which is an island state separated by a shallow sea from the other part of Australia. This attacks took place in the year 1777 after the landing in Tasmania by the British and establishing a colony (Choice Reviews Online, 2011: 51). Through a war dubbed “Black War”, the British made an intentional move of exterminating the Aboriginals (Choice Reviews Online, 2011: 51). At the end of the year 1830, the indigenous occupants of Tasmania were nearly exterminated entirely. Those, who survived the extermination, were gathered and transported to the island of Flinders. The information has it that the removal of the remaining population of the indigenous inhabitants of the island was a move meant to protect them from being wiped out entirely. In the year 1856, the survivors present in the Flinders were moved to another location (Choice Reviews Online, 2011: 63). After being moved, they all died and only one survivor by the name Truganini was left. She was yet relocated to a new location where she died after three years. The Royal Society exhumed her remains after two years for a display to the public. Afterwards in the height of the year 1976, after a 100 years since her death, the remains were cremated and cast in the sea as per the dictates of her wishes.

The other evidence of a doomed relationship between the British and the Aboriginals is portrayed through the issue of The Stolen Generation (Cox, Young & Bairnsfather-Scott, 2009: 152). The children, who were born as a mixture of the British and the Aboriginals, were dubbed half-castes. The British termed them as a risk to the pureness of races. A policy was passed that led to the gathering of these children and taking them away from their parents to “take out the blackness in them”. For the period ranging from 1910 to 1970, more than 100,000 children of mixed origin were taken away from their parents by force (Cox, Young & Bairnsfather-Scott, 2009: 153). Their families could not locate them and were not told where the children were taken. On the other hand, the children were brought up in churches and were made to believe that they were orphans.

This was a move specifically aimed at eliminating the Aboriginals by the British colony. The British thought that the remaining indigenous inhabitants will be exterminated by the diseases (Treatyrepublic.net, 2015). The half-castes were, therefore, a threat to their wish that the Aboriginals would finally die and leave them to enjoy residing and cultivating the lands (Cox, Young & Bairnsfather-Scott, 2009: 153). The children, who were taken away from their families, are nowadays referred to as the “Stolen Generation”. To remove the so-called blackness in these half-castes, the British gave them to the Christian families and schools (Treatyrepublic.net, 2015). The schools were meant for boarding with an aim of protecting the children from the blackness contamination. They could not withstand their race being contaminated by the uncivilized half-humans who were more close to apes than humans. This is a true depiction of how doomed the relationship between the British and the Australian Indigenous was.

The other evidence of a doomed relationship between the British and the Australian Aboriginals is eminent from the issue of undue influence (Didjshop.com, 2015). Parents realized that the voluntary placement of their children in schools and hospitals provided an opportunity for them to get educated as well as being taken care of during an ill health (Biddle, 2013: 727).They thus started placing their children in hospitals and schools voluntarily. During the placement, they were promised the return of their children after the placement (Bortoli, Coles & Dolan 2014: 71).To their surprise, their children in most cases never came back because they were permanently retained. A good example is that of a grandmother in Victoria who had placed a boy in relief care, but he never came back (Bortoli, Coles & Dolan 2014: 73). The false promises by the British government on the parents brought about an undue influence. This undue influence as a result of empty promises depicts how doomed the relationship of the British and the Australian Indigenous was right from the start.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Biddle, N. (2013). Measuring and Analysing the Wellbeing of Australian Indigenous Population. Soc Indic Res, 116(3), pp.713-729.

Bortoli, L., Coles, J. and Dolan, M. (2014). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection: A sample from the Victorian Children’s Court. Journal of Social Work.

Broome, R. (2005). Aboriginal Victorians. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Choice Reviews Online. (2011). Integrating aboriginal perspectives into the school curriculum: purposes, possibilities, and challenges, 49(03), pp.49-160.

Cox, D., Young, M. and Bairnsfather-Scott, A. (2009). No Justice without Healing: Australian Aboriginal People and Family Violence. Australian Feminist Law Journal, 30(1), pp.151-161.

Didjshop.com, (2015). Didjshop.com – Exploitation of Aboriginal Culture for Economic Purposes. [online] Available at: http://www.didjshop.com/AboriginalCulture_ExploitationForEconomicPurposes.html [Accessed 9 Jan. 2015].

Haebich, A. (2011). Forgetting Indigenous Histories: Cases from the History of Australia’s Stolen Generations. Journal of Social History, 44(4), pp.1033-1046.

Tatz, C. (2011). Genocide Studies: An Australian Perspective. Genocide Studies and Prevention, 6(3), pp.231-244.

Treatyrepublic.net, (2015). Terra Nullius | Treaty Republic – Indigenous Australia Sovereignty, Genocide, Land Rights and Pay the Rent Issues. [online] Available at: http://treatyrepublic.net/content/terra-nullius-0 [Accessed 9 Jan. 2015].

 

 

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