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Issue Details: First known date: 1990... 1990 Mister Neville
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    • Fremantle, Fremantle area, South West Perth, Perth, Western Australia,: Fremantle Press , 1990 .
      Extent: 347p.
      Description: ill., facsims., ports.
      ISBN: 0949206725

Works about this Work

[Review Essay] For Their Own Good Kingsley Palmer , 1993 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 1993; (p. 93-96)

'These two books deal with Aborigines in Western Australia, principally during the first four decades of this century. To some extent, they cover the same ground. Haebich spans the period 1900-40, while Jacobs studies the life of A O Neville (1897-1954) whose active involvement in Aboriginal affairs started in 1915 and ended with his retirement in 1940, although he continued to be actively involved in Aboriginal issues until his death. But if the ground traversed is to some extent the same, the approach and tone are fundamentally different. Looking back on one of the most difficult, vexed and at times disturbing periods in Australian history, it is all too easy to be critical, condemnatory and even slightly self-righteous. It is tempting to neglect the complex political, ideological and social issues of the time which framed both thought and action. In a focus which sharpens the reader's appreciation of a single man, his life, ambitions, frustrations, failures and successes, Jacobs's life of A O Neville takes us to the heart of the matter. It brings the reader to an understanding (though not necessarily to an approval) of the desire for action which was believed to be 'for their ow n good'. Ironically, despite the title, Haebich does not give us a similarly contextualised view of history.  (Introduction)

Mister Neville: A Biography : Book Review Isobel White , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 16 no. 1992; (p. 155-156)

— Review of Mister Neville Pat Jacobs 1990 single work biography
Mister Neville: A Biography : Book Review Isobel White , 1992 single work review
— Appears in: Aboriginal History , vol. 16 no. 1992; (p. 155-156)

— Review of Mister Neville Pat Jacobs 1990 single work biography
[Review Essay] For Their Own Good Kingsley Palmer , 1993 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Aboriginal Studies , no. 2 1993; (p. 93-96)

'These two books deal with Aborigines in Western Australia, principally during the first four decades of this century. To some extent, they cover the same ground. Haebich spans the period 1900-40, while Jacobs studies the life of A O Neville (1897-1954) whose active involvement in Aboriginal affairs started in 1915 and ended with his retirement in 1940, although he continued to be actively involved in Aboriginal issues until his death. But if the ground traversed is to some extent the same, the approach and tone are fundamentally different. Looking back on one of the most difficult, vexed and at times disturbing periods in Australian history, it is all too easy to be critical, condemnatory and even slightly self-righteous. It is tempting to neglect the complex political, ideological and social issues of the time which framed both thought and action. In a focus which sharpens the reader's appreciation of a single man, his life, ambitions, frustrations, failures and successes, Jacobs's life of A O Neville takes us to the heart of the matter. It brings the reader to an understanding (though not necessarily to an approval) of the desire for action which was believed to be 'for their ow n good'. Ironically, despite the title, Haebich does not give us a similarly contextualised view of history.  (Introduction)

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