Three more books follow the previously described 'Frontier History Revisited'
‘The Right to Live - Frontier Politics and Political Dissent - 1878-1887 ’ (some 400 pages illustrated), is scheduled for publication sometimes during 2014. The subject is the public and parliamentary debates on Queensland’s Frontier policy in 1880 and how the outcome of this debate seriously impacted on the New Guinea annexation crisis in 1883, leading to a crisis between this colony and British Imperial Government, and the ‘Intercolonial Convention’ in December 1883, the first step towards a Federal Australia.
‘Frontier Politics and Political Dissent - 1878-1887 - a Repressed Political Controversy’ describes the background and outcome of 'The Way We Civilise', a large-scale newspaper-campaign launched in May 1880 by The Queenslander and backed by The Brisbane Courier, which was then under the managing editorship of Gresley Lukin. A series of editorials and articles authored by Carl Feilberg, the then de-facto editor of The Queenslander, argued that there was an urgent need for radical reforms to Queensland's Native Police system and general frontier policy. This move triggered a large scale debate amongst the readers of The Queenslanderwith a great number of letters from prominent settlers as well as letters,editorials and other comments in the provincial press. This was then followed by various similar contributions in the leading journals in Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Perth and Adelaide. Ultimately, the former Premier John Douglas tabled The Queenslander's wish for changes in the Queensland parliament in the form of a private member's move for a Royal Commission, triggering a comprehensive and revealing debate amongst Queensland's parliamentarians.
A section of a famous Carl Feilberg editorial which appeared in May 1880 in 'The Brisbane Courier' and its weekly 'The Queenslander'. These were the opening lines in the mentioned newspaper campaign the largestof its kind ever perpetrated by any Australian newspaper.
Gresley Lukin and the staff of the Brisbane Courier and Queenslander in front of the Courier Office on the corner of Charlotte and George Street in Brisbane about June or July 1879. Lukin, part proprietor and managing editor, is almost certainly the elegant white dressed gentleman with the light grey top hat to the left. The man at the door with the white had and beard is almost beyond question William O'Carroll, the de-facto editor of the Courier at the time. The gentleman with the umbrella is likely Carl Feilberg, the editor of the Queenslander. (courtesy of Qld. State Library: No 7871-0001)
The Queenslander was the weekly edition of Queensland's leading journal, The Brisbane Courier. Above is the front page as it appeared on 15 February 1879.
A third book - 'The Foundation of a Frontier Policy - From Northern New South Wales to Queensland' is scheduled for publication later next year. This book is dealing with the manner in which the frontier indigenous policy of Northern New South Wales emerged, its key ideological and political components, and how this policy was then adopted and implemented by the new colony of Queensland in 1860-1861. A number of events is described and a series of political dissenters and their opponents are portrayed. Amongst the former, people such as the Tory, William Henry Walsh, and the Newspaper editor, printer and liberal-oriented politician, Theophilus Parsons Pugh.
Native Police trooper mounted on his horse
A fourth book 'Struggling for a Change of Policy - the Troubled Conscience of an Australian Journalist' is a biography dealing primarily with the background, life and experiences of the Australian political commentator and newspaper editor Carl Feilberg (pictured above). He was the author of the pamphlet and newspaper campaign known as 'The Way We Civilise', and arguably the most outstanding voice of humanitarian dissent in the history of Colonial Queensland.
Carl Adolph Feilberg editor of the Queensland Patriotfrom March 1878 to December 1879. The de facto editor of the Queenslander from January 1879 to December 1880. Sub-editor on the Melbourne Argus from June 1882 to July 1883. Editor-in-chief of the Brisbane Courier and its weekly Queenslander from Sebtember 1883 to October 1887. He was arguably the most persistent human rights advocate and pioneer of compassion in the history of colonialQueensland. (courtesy of J.W. Clarkson).
This drawing from the 'Queensland Figaro' in August 1887 perfectly illustrate the destruction of Aboriginal Society as Carl Feilberg described this in numerous articles and sketches and right from his time in Maryborough and as editor-proprietor of the Wide Bay and Burnett News from 1870 to 1875 and later as editor, journalist and political commentator on a number of journals, amongst others in Maryborough, Cooktown, Brisbane and Melbourne.
Main street in Cooktown about 1875. Carl Feilberg's time as editor of the 'Cooktown Courier' from 1876 to 1877, his visits to the mining frontier and general up-front experience of the frontier warfare in the Cook district caused him to rethink and later launch two newspaper-campaigns for a change of Queensland's frontier indigenous policy, first as editor of the liberal Brisbane journal the 'Queensland Patriot' in 1878 and later as editor of 'The Queenslander' in 1880. 'Struggling for a Change of Policy' gives an in-depth account of the life and personal experiences of this man.