Issue Details: First known date: 2014 2014
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'Eliza Hamilton Dunlop’s poem, ‘The Aboriginal Mother’, has long been known to concern the Myall Creek Massacre. This article reveals the extent to which it is based on newspaper reports of the trials connected with the massacre, and documents the series of attacks made on the poem after it was set to music by Isaac Nathan and performed in Sydney in 1841. It also reveals that the animus against the author and her work was driven in part by the Sydney Herald’s ongoing campaign against the new governor of New South Wales, Sir George Gipps, and his humane policies towards Aborigines, and in particular by the Herald’s repeated criticism of Dunlop’s husband, one of Gipps’s Protectors of Aborigines.' (Publication abstract)

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