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Alternative title: Australia's Coloured Minority : Its Place in the Community
Issue Details: First known date: 2007... 2007 The Chief Protector Returns : Textual Representations of A.O. Neville
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'This thesis examines the different ways in which representations of A. O. Neville—Chief Protector of Aborigines / Commissioner of Native Affairs in Western Australia from 1915 to 1940—operate in a select group of texts. I argue that Neville is a highly charged synecdochic figure who stands in, discursively, for all white, bureaucratic administrators, in order to distil changing anxieties about Australia and its past. I examine key texts from Neville’s own writing to a range of more recent, fictional texts. I utilise a postcolonial approach in my analysis of the figure of Neville, through a reading of his continuing incarnations in Australian literature and culture. This project seeks to do with A.O. Neville what Kay Schaffer’s In the Wake of First Contact: The Eliza Fraser Stories did with Eliza Fraser.'  (Publication abstract)


  • Thesis. Includes bibliographical references. Submitted in fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts University of Tasmania October 2007.

  •  Contents:Introduction. An anxious repetition: A.O. Neville's manifestations -- Ch. 1. Bureaucratic expressions: A.O. Neville, Chief Protector of Aborigines -- Ch. 2. Assimilating A.O. Neville: Benang's Unsettling representation -- Ch. 3. Popular iterations: A.O. Neville in Rabbit-proof fence -- Conclusion. Too many A.O. Nevilles.


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      Tasmania,: 2007 .
      Extent: x, 122 p.p.
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