By Gordon Briscoe
Counting, health and wellbeing and identification investigates Indigenous and colonist considering, ideologies and responses to illness and future health, rather as they occur in demographic dilemmas in Western Australia and Queensland, from 1900 to 1940.
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Again, self-identification and classification difficulties render the numbers suspect. This may indicate that under colonial conditions females suffered more than males. This may have caused higher infertility and maternal mortality because of changed lifestyles, diet, health practices, sexual activities and infertility, and new patterns of work. 43 The pyramid also graphically illustrates the problem of ‘age heaping’, mainly around the 20, 40, 50 and 60 year age groups. Age heaping tended to occur when either the collector or persons being questioned were unsure how old they were, and a guess by either party was usually rounded to the nearest decadal point.
46 With the power to identify married couples thus residing with the protectors, the individual’s racial status became subject to official whim. The excess of males in the 40-60 age groups highlights the point made about the impact of colonialism on Aboriginal women. The data needs cautious interpretation. 50 Soon after the 1901 census the Commonwealth Government began preparing itself for its first national federal census in 1911. 51 The Commonwealth Attorney-General advised the States on how to interpret sections 51(xxvi) and 127 regarding Aborigines.
82 Moseley accepted Neville’s spurious estimates of bush people. The first figures available in 1924 from the Aboriginal census had revealed that the total full-blood population numbered 12,260 (6,557 males and 5,703 females). This reduction is explained by looking at Aboriginal women as represented in the age pyramids for the 1933 census. 11 at the end of this chapter). 86 These groups made their shelters out of recycled four-gallon petrol cans, bags and bush material, but Moseley said they wanted for nothing and displayed no sign of unhappiness.
Counting, Health And Identity: A History Of Aboriginal Health And Demography In Western Australia And Queensland 1900-1940 by Gordon Briscoe