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By Ian J. McNiven

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Essentially the most well-known shipwreck sagas of the nineteenth century came about at the tropical coast of north-east Australia. In 1836 "The Stirling citadel" was once wrecked off the Queensland coast and lots of of the group, including the captain's spouse, Eliza Fraser, have been marooned on Fraser Island and held captive via Aboriginal humans. Early bills characterize Mrs Fraser as an blameless white sufferer of colonialism and her Aboriginal captors as barbarous savages. those narratives of the white lady and her Aboriginal "captors" impacted considerably on England and the politics of Empire at an early level in Australia's colonial background. this article significantly examines the Eliza Fraser episode through bringing jointly an interdisciplinary staff of authors, artists, participants of the Fraser Island Aboriginal group and lecturers within the parts of cultural and women's experiences, literature, historical past, anthropology, archaeology, the visible and artistic arts. Essays within the textual content contain feminist analyses of the incident, investigations of textual and visible representations of Aboriginal humans, and issues of the function performed by way of Eliza Fraser as artistic thought for the humanities. The textual content explores the buildings of Empire, colonialism, identification, femininity, savagery, "otherness", captivity and survival.

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So anyway, the women said yes, they had found the bodies of a man, a woman and a child. And they had buried them. ' Their logic was simple logic. ' And that's to show the difference of obeying something and disobeying. So that's what they said. Now you may be wondering why we've never written this down. We simply weren't interested. We had known about all these things that Elaine Brown had brought up and written about (see Chapter 1), but to us Mrs Fraser was never a very important person because she knew she was a big waterhole, and that means you're a big fibber.

She reports that the natives were friendly towards Brown in the days before his death, but interprets this as evidence of their treachery. It does not occur to her that the application of heat to his back and legs may have been an attempt to treat his condition rather than a deliberate form of torture. An Aboriginal account of the treatment of open wounds describes how the wounds were cleaned, sprinkled with charcoal, covered with downy feathers and poulticed in white clay, which was then 'exposed to the heat of a small fire' until the clay was seen to steam.

The women had marked the 'stranger' with 'ochre signs' which read 'let this woman through' and 'do not harm this woman'. Durrumboi (an escaped convict) and his party took charge of her and proceeded south, for the 'Boorie grapevine' had news of a party of white men out looking for a missing woman. This party met up with another party of Aborigines — my brother Wilfred and I could only surmise that they were Goomboorian people as their land was neighbouring the Freeway or road south. I do not know if it has ever been recorded by European writers, but there was an instance spoken of by our local men of those days.

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