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By Ian J. McNiven

The most well-known shipwreck sagas of the nineteenth century happened at the tropical coast of north-east Australia. In 1836 "The Stirling fortress" was once wrecked off the Queensland coast and lots of of the group, including the captain's spouse, Eliza Fraser, have been marooned on Fraser Island and held captive via Aboriginal humans. Early debts symbolize Mrs Fraser as an blameless white sufferer of colonialism and her Aboriginal captors as barbarous savages. those narratives of the white girl and her Aboriginal "captors" impacted considerably on England and the politics of Empire at an early degree in Australia's colonial heritage. this article seriously examines the Eliza Fraser episode through bringing jointly an interdisciplinary staff of authors, artists, individuals of the Fraser Island Aboriginal neighborhood and lecturers within the components of cultural and women's reviews, literature, historical past, anthropology, archaeology, the visible and artistic arts. Essays within the textual content comprise feminist analyses of the incident, investigations of textual and visible representations of Aboriginal humans, and issues of the function performed via Eliza Fraser as artistic proposal for the humanities. The textual content explores the buildings of Empire, colonialism, identification, femininity, savagery, "otherness", captivity and survival.

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So she did, just laid down on the rocks. And he changed her into a beautiful island. He covered her with trees and shrubs, beautiful flowers and ferns. He gave her some lakes to be her eyes, and as she lay there she could look up and see her friends. And then he made some creatures, animals and birds. And lastly he made some people. And he gathered them all at a place called Mooen, which is today known as Moon Point. He took them all around the island; showed them where they could live; brought them back again; and then he stepped across to the mainland to a place called now Dayman Point.

So she pleaded and coaxed, and at last Yindingie relented. ' So she did, just laid down on the rocks. And he changed her into a beautiful island. He covered her with trees and shrubs, beautiful flowers and ferns. He gave her some lakes to be her eyes, and as she lay there she could look up and see her friends. And then he made some creatures, animals and birds. And lastly he made some people. And he gathered them all at a place called Mooen, which is today known as Moon Point. He took them all around the island; showed them where they could live; brought them back again; and then he stepped across to the mainland to a place called now Dayman Point.

Well, you couldn't grow anything there, not even the weeds would grow. So then it was decided to take the people back to Yarrabah where there was more food and a better climate. At some time between 1900 and 1904, my grandmother and mother had come to identify the real Fraser Island people - the Butchulla people. You see, they were not in the group that was gathered up by Meston. All they had to do was stay on the Back Beach. But as Mum said, they were very cunning, and they seemed to know when all the grocery orders were coming down.

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