‘Signatures of killings’: archaeologists uncover legacy of frontier violence | Australia news | The Guardian

“But you have to look at what that ordinariness obscures. The reason they’re there is to support this broad, statewide system of removing any kind of Aboriginal resistance to European expansion. Rather than just looking at it and saying it’s just like any other site, it’s about how that system could function so successfully,” she said.
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“By successful, what I mean is that it allowed them to kill more people.”

The native police were a state-sanctioned paramilitary organisation with groups of Aboriginal troopers under the leadership of a white officer.

Historians say troopers were survivors of massacres from their own lands in other parts of the country, recruited by coercion, intimidation, kidnapping and inducement, as well as voluntary enlistment.

via ‘Signatures of killings’: archaeologists uncover legacy of frontier violence | Australia news | The Guardian

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