Squatter-Cum-Pastoralist or Freeholder? How Differences in Nineteenth-Century Colonists’ Experiences Affect Their Descendants’ Historical Consciousness
Aboriginal people are largely absent in the historical consciousness of settler descended residents of mid-northern South Australia. When analysing this absence, an understanding of the concrete workings of memory and a recognition of historical contingencies—in particular the timing of arrival of a descendant’s forebear and, inseparably, the nature and extent of this forebear’s relations with Aboriginal people—are essential. This paper emphasises differences between the experiences of nineteenth-century squatters-cum-pastoralists and freeholders to demonstrate how these differences transfer through the generations to shape their descendants’ consciousness of the colonial past.