Black Diggers

Black Diggers


Tom Wright

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Aborigines’ Protection Boards Term Analysis

Various agencies run by Australia’s different states, charged with institutionally regulating Aboriginal Australians’ second-class citizen status by removing children from their parents, enforcing slavery, and seizing Indigenous people’s land (among other policies).

Aborigines’ Protection Boards Quotes in Black Diggers

The Black Diggers quotes below are all either spoken by Aborigines’ Protection Boards or refer to Aborigines’ Protection Boards. For each quote, you can also see the other terms and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Australian Nationhood and Indigenous Dispossession Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Playlab edition of Black Diggers published in 2015.
Act One Quotes

ERN: Soldiers. If you can fire a gun and stand in the sun, they might pretend to forget you’re …

NORM: What??

Related Characters: Ern (speaker), Norm (speaker), Bob
Page Number: 21
Explanation and Analysis:
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Aborigines’ Protection Boards Term Timeline in Black Diggers

The timeline below shows where the term Aborigines’ Protection Boards appears in Black Diggers. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Act Two
Racism Theme Icon
War, Violence, and Shell Shock Theme Icon
History, Memory, and the Archive Theme Icon
...privileges to every one of us coloured soldiers,” instead of leaving them “servile to the Aborigines’ Protection Board .” (full context)