Across much of semi-arid Australia early colonists were predominantly sheep and cattle pastoralists. Although historical colonization had a rationale that extended beyond mere economics, in places like Central Australia the success of colonial settlement was measured by the survival of individual economic ventures like sheep stations. Colonialism, too, was carried on the backs of sheep. One important aspect of these pastoral enterprises was the culture contact that ensued between the settlers and Indigenous Australians. This paper briefly considers the documentary and material evidence for an interpretation of culture contact at such places, using cases studies from Central and Western Australia.
Alistair Paterson is Lecturer in Archaeology at University of Western Australia and current President of the Australian Archaeological Association. He is also a Taswegian.
This is a CAIA and School of History and Classics joint seminar.
Date: 11am, Friday 25th May
Where: Room 462, Arts Building, University of Tasmania
Lunch at the University Club will follow this seminar. All welcome.