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7 - Dealing with the Devil

Systematic Colonization in Australasia

from Part II - Humanitarianism and Settler Colonialism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 September 2021

Zoë Laidlaw
Affiliation:
University of Melbourne
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Despite the boost it gave to settler colonialism, Thomas Hodgkin and the Aborigines’ Protection Society initially supported colonization on the ‘systematic’ principles advocated by Edward Gibbon Wakefield. This chapter examines the society’s engagement with three systematic colonization schemes: South Australia; ‘Australind’ in Western Australia; and New Zealand. The systematic colonizers recognized the strength of contemporary humanitarian sentiment: they couched their plans in philanthropic language and courted the support of the Aborigines’ Protection Society. However, evidence quickly emerged of the systematic colonizers’ indifference to and violation of indigenous rights, yet the Aborigines’ Protection Society continued to advocate new systematic colonization schemes into the 1840s. This chapter explores humanitarian dissatisfaction with existing vectors of indigenous protection; desperation for a solution to the emigration crisis; growing disillusionment with imperial inquiries and imperial authorities; the charismatic force exerted by Wakefield; and the allure of a ‘systematic’ plan to protect indigenous rights.

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Protecting the Empire's Humanity
Thomas Hodgkin and British Colonial Activism 1830–1870
, pp. 206 - 237
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • Dealing with the Devil
  • Zoë Laidlaw, University of Melbourne
  • Book: Protecting the Empire's Humanity
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164658.009
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  • Dealing with the Devil
  • Zoë Laidlaw, University of Melbourne
  • Book: Protecting the Empire's Humanity
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164658.009
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  • Dealing with the Devil
  • Zoë Laidlaw, University of Melbourne
  • Book: Protecting the Empire's Humanity
  • Online publication: 14 September 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108164658.009
Available formats
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