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The diaries of Daisy Smith: The experience of citizenship for an exempted family in mid-twentieth century Queensland

J Wickes, L Aberdeen

Australian Journal of Politics and History | Wiley | Published : 2017


There has been limited sustained analysis of the lived reality of citizenship amongst Indigenous Australians exempted from protectionist legislation last century. Through examining the diaries of Daisy Smith, this paper explores how her household, exempted from such legislation in Queensland, experienced citizenship during the 1940s and early 1950s. The diaries show that Daisy Smith and her family exercised civil, political and social rights of citizenship, enjoyed meaningful lives and had a sense of belonging to the Australian nation. However, they also show that Daisy Smith constantly worked hard to uphold the conditions of exemption and protect her family’s exempted Aboriginal status. The..

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