Aboriginal Women on Catholic Missions in the Kimberley, Western Australia, 1900-1950

Christine Choo

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[Truncated] Australian Aboriginal women have played a vital role in the maintenance of indigenous culture. Not only have they quietly and consistently passed on the essential elements oflanguage, social values, customs and traditional beliefs to their children wherever they have had the opportunity to do this, but Aboriginal women have borne Aboriginal children to both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men. It is these children and their descendants who now identify themselves as being Aboriginal and who comprise a large proportion of the Aboriginal population in Australia. This thesis examines the situation of Aboriginal women who lived on the Catholic missions in the Kimberley in the north-west of Western Australia between 1900 and 1950, drawing on oral and archival sources in order to focus attention on and theorise about the situation of Australian Aboriginal women. The thesis also explores the effects of European colonisation on Western Australia and the Kimberley in particular, within the environments of the Pallottine mission at Beagle Bay and Broome in the West Kimberley and the Benedictine mission at Kalumburu (formerly Drysdale River Mission) in North Kimberley.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Publication statusUnpublished - 1995


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