THE SECRET WAR
A TRUE HISTORY OF
QUEENSLAND’S NATIVE POLICE
The Secret War tells the story of organised racial violence and lawful mass murder on the Queensland frontier.
For many Indigenous people, white colonisation arrived with the armed men of the Native Police: a brutal force that operated on the 19th-century frontier, killing large numbers of Indigenous men, women and children.
Historian Jonathan Richards has spent ten years researching this contentious subject, picking his way through secrecy, misinformation and supposed ‘lost files’ to uncover and publish the truth. In this first full-length comprehensive study of the Native Police in Queensland, he argues that they were a key part of a ‘divide and rule’ colonising tactic and that the force’s actions were given the implicit approval of the government and public servants, and that their killings were covered up.
The Secret War is an authoritative and groundbreaking contribution to our country’s white settlement history.
Wednesday 19 March, 6.00 for 6.30pm
Avid Reader Bookshop
193 Boundary Street, West End
M.C.- Professor Anna Haebich, Griffith University
Keynote – Professor Henry Reynolds,