‘Breed out the colour’ or the importance of being white

  title={‘Breed out the colour’ or the importance of being white},
  author={Russell Mcgregor},
  journal={Australian Historical Studies},
  pages={286 - 302}
This article examines inter‐war proposals to ‘breed out the colour’ of Aborigines of mixed descent. Positioning these proposals in the context of contemporary Australian nationalism, scientific discourses and administrative practice, the article concludes with a discussion of their alleged genocidal intent. 
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