‘Extreme civilisation’ meets ‘absolute barbarism’
On the 18th of December 1840, after his first encounter with Aboriginal people outside of Melbourne, squatter Charles Griffith of Glenmore in the Parwan valley wrote in his diary: “Had a very warm argument at dinner on the subject of the treatment of the natives and of the injustice of Englishmen coming out and depriving them of their country… I conceive that by their lacks they have forfeited their original right…” Griffith, who tried to maintain a cordial relationship with the local clan also concluded: “The contact of extreme civilization and absolute barbarism must always be productive of an immensity of mischief.”
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