Article ID: CBB001200704

Creating a Hygienic Dorm: The Refashioning of Aboriginal Women and Children and the Politics of Racial Classification in Queensland 1920s--40s (2012)


Parsons, Meg (Author)

Health and History
Volume: 14, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 112-139

During the first half of the twentieth century white Australians, experts, and laypeople alike, became increasingly concerned about miscegenation. The Queensland state government, alone of all the Australian states and territories, favoured a policy of racial segregation as a method to manage miscegenation. This paper examines how ongoing societal concerns about the health (both moral and physical) of Aboriginal people in Queensland, overlaid with the supposed threat of miscegenation, prompted the government to intensify its efforts to regulate the lives of Aboriginal women and girls during the interwar period. I draw on examples from Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement in southern Queensland, particularly the dormitories, and discuss the role intimate matters---the domestic, the hygienic, the sexual---played in the management of health and race during the 1920s--1940s.

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Authors & Contributors
Anderson, Warwick H.
Bashford, Alison
Bernal Borrego, Encarnación
Brier, Jennifer M.
Brookes, Barbara L.
Calero Delgado, María Luisa
Health and History
Canadian Bulletin of Medical History/Bulletin Canadienne d'Histoire de la Medecine
American Quarterly
Asclepio: Archivo Iberoamericano de Historia de la Medicina
Environment and History
French Colonial History
Cambridge University Press
Duke University Press
Lehigh University Press
Plus, Pisa University Press
University of Massachusetts Press
University of North Carolina Press
Medicine and gender
Medicine and race
Medicine and government
Women and health
Public health
Medicine and society
Kang, Cheng
Nightingale, Florence
Shi, Meiyu
Time Periods
20th century, early
19th century
20th century
United States
Great Britain
Rockefeller Foundation
Medical Women's Federation (Great Britain)

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