Persuasive and eloquent, Exterminate with Pride comprehensively re-assesses established views of Aboriginal–European relations in the Townsville–Bowen region of north Queensland to 1869.
The benevolent intentions with which George Dalrymple has been credited in founding the township of Bowen are re-examined and dismissed.
Contrary to the prevailing narrative, Aboriginal people were accepted into the stations and townships because armed suppression had failed to crush their patriotic defence of their homelands.
Originally published in 1992, this edition includes a timely update. It links the experiences of the Aboriginal people on the north Queensland frontier in the 1860s to the present-day initiatives of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the Queensland government’s Path to Treaty.