Journal article

Barron Field's Terra Nullius Operation

Thomas H Ford, Justin Clemens

Australian Humanities Review | Australian National University | Published : 2019

Abstract

In ‘Barron Field’s Terra Nullius Operation’, Thomas H. Ford and Justin Clemens show how a jurisdictional dispute over the application of taxation law in the New South Wales colony led to the performative annulment of the idea that the land—decreed ‘uninhabited’ and a ‘desert’—was already occupied.