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Fortified Homesteads: The Architecture Of Fear In Frontier South Australia And The Northern Territory, Ca. 1847-1885

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This chapter investigates the use of defensive architectural techniques by civilian settlers in frontier South Australia and the Northern Territory between CA. 1847 and 1885. Four sites are analysed, three of which are located in South Australia and one in the Northern Territory. The chapter takes a new approach to the archaeological investigation and interpretation of Australian rural buildings, one that identifies defensive strategies as a feature of Australian frontier architecture. These structures represent physical manifestations of settler fear and Aboriginal resistance. Over time, however, the folk stories attached to these structures have also come to play a significant part in Australia's frontier mythology. They are shown to form one component of a wider body of myths which serve the ideological needs of the settler society, justifying its presence by portraying the settlers as victims of Aboriginal aggression.

Keywords: Australian frontier architecture; frontier mythology; Frontier South Australia; Northern Territory

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