Something like slavery? : Queensland's Aboriginal child workers, 1842-1945

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Robinson, Shirleene (2008). Something like slavery? : Queensland’s Aboriginal child workers, 1842-1945. North Melbourne, Victoria: Australian Scholarly Publishing. ISBN: 9781740971874

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The rapid economic development of Queensland in the 19th and early 20th centuries was due in a large way to the work of Aboriginal children. Some as young as two years old, they were forced to work with white people building the region’s industries. This book is the first full-length examination of their exploitation. Drawing on extensive original research, Dr Shirleene Robinson brings to light the exploitation and abuse inflicted on Aboriginal children to benefit white settlers. Many of these children were part of Queensland’s earliest ‘stolen generations’. Their forcible removal from their parents and family groups caused extensive pain and suffering that is still felt today.

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