Ghim, Doug

The colonization of Australia by the British was a very unique colonization. This case of colonization was not based off of the interest of profit but rather for a place to move all of the convicts of Britain outside of the country. The process for colonization of Australia was somewhat reminiscent of the colonization of the “New World” in the Americas.  For example, when the English first arrived in Australia, they forced off the native tribes (Aborigines) out of the land, similar to how the British and Americans kicked the Native Americans way out West and eventually into reservations.

Society for the Aborigines really took a turn for the worst. Many were killed by diseases brought into the land by the British. The immune systems of the natives were unfamiliar to the sicknesses, therefore leaving the population decimated. Out of the population that had survived many were beaten and killed. Those who survived through this gruesome period were then either sent to the military (males) while the females were either kept as maids/servants, and many even as sex slaves. During the early 20th century, however, non-indigenous Australians came to the realization that the only way the endangered population of the Aborigines were to survive was through the assimilation into the White culture of the “Australians.”

During the so-called “Stolen Generation,” The white Australians took Aborigine children from their families to be raised as white children. After slavery and this practice of kidnapping children ended, over 100,000 children were documented of being separated from their families. This whole generation of kids will then proceed to change the Aborigines’ way of life forever. The social structure and culture of the indigenous race was now swept from the land.