The Resource Girl in a red dress: : inventions of Mathinna, Penny Russell

Girl in a red dress: : inventions of Mathinna, Penny Russell

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Girl in a red dress: : inventions of Mathinna
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Girl in a red dress:
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inventions of Mathinna
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Penny Russell
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eng
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"This article seeks to do the impossible: to unsettle the fixity of fictions that have been so long in circulation that they have taken on the appearance and solidity of fact. Mathinna, the Aboriginal girl who lived at Government House under the care of Lady Franklin in the early 1840s but was abandoned at the Orphan School when the Franklins returned to England a few years later, is an elusive historical subject. Stories and images of Mathinna have circulated for a century and a half, drawing sustenance from each other to entrench powerful sentimental tropes about her life. The article argues that we should be wary about the origins of these sentimental stories, and about their capacity to be reworked into acts of historical recovery." [Author's abstract]
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Girl in a red dress: : inventions of Mathinna, Penny Russell
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      51 Lawson Cres, Acton, ACT, 2601, AU
      -35.292556 149.118617
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