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Black Death White Hands Revisted: The Case of Palm Island*

Black Death White Hands Revisted: The Case of Palm Island* AUST & NZ JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY (March 1985) 18 (49-57) BLACK DEATH WHITE HANDS REVISITED: THE CASE OF PALM ISLAND* Paul R Wilson ** In my book Black Death White Hands published in 1982 , I described rates of homicide in Queensland's Aboriginal reserves and communities that were 10 times greater than for the State as a whole and rates of serious assault that were at least five times greater. The explanation for these figures lay, I suggested, in the history of how European settlement created the conditions under which Aboriginal communities became fragmented and divisive from within, and in relation to one another. In illustrating this theme I described the case of Alwyn Peter, a young Aboriginal man from Weipa South who fatally stabbed his girlfriend. Alwyn Peter's historical and cultural background clearly affected his behaviour, a fact that was noted by his trial judge? and restated by Murphy J in the High Court of Australia." It was shown during the Peter trial that his parents and grandparents were forcibly removed from their settlement at Mapoon, their houses razed to the ground and transported to Weipa South. These facts, together with the enormous health, housing and employment problems http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Australian & New Zealand Journal of Criminology SAGE

Black Death White Hands Revisted: The Case of Palm Island*

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0004-8658
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1837-9273
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10.1177/000486588501800106
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AUST & NZ JOURNAL OF CRIMINOLOGY (March 1985) 18 (49-57) BLACK DEATH WHITE HANDS REVISITED: THE CASE OF PALM ISLAND* Paul R Wilson ** In my book Black Death White Hands published in 1982 , I described rates of homicide in Queensland's Aboriginal reserves and communities that were 10 times greater than for the State as a whole and rates of serious assault that were at least five times greater. The explanation for these figures lay, I suggested, in the history of how European settlement created the conditions under which Aboriginal communities became fragmented and divisive from within, and in relation to one another. In illustrating this theme I described the case of Alwyn Peter, a young Aboriginal man from Weipa South who fatally stabbed his girlfriend. Alwyn Peter's historical and cultural background clearly affected his behaviour, a fact that was noted by his trial judge? and restated by Murphy J in the High Court of Australia." It was shown during the Peter trial that his parents and grandparents were forcibly removed from their settlement at Mapoon, their houses razed to the ground and transported to Weipa South. These facts, together with the enormous health, housing and employment problems

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Australian & New Zealand Journal of CriminologySAGE

Published: Mar 1, 1985

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