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"WEH Stanner was once a public highbrow whose paintings reached past the partitions of the academy, and he continues to be a hugely major determine in Aboriginal affairs and Australian anthropology. trained by means of Radcliffe-Brown in Sydney and Malinowski in London, he undertook anthropological paintings in Australia, Africa and the Pacific. Stanner contributed a lot to public understandings of the Dreaming and the importance of  Read more...

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Of course it could do more and indeed it did more than concern itself with military government in the event of a Japanese invasion. The geographer John Andrews provided geographic material and maps for the army, for example. Conlon, despite the support of Stanke, had to fight tenaciously to gain a foothold for a directorate in the army. In early January 1943 Stanke 32 1. Stanner during World War II was replaced by Major General CEM Lloyd who saw no value in such a directorate and threatened it with closure.

45). Stanner was out of step with those from the LSE and the directorate who saw themselves at the vanguard of enlightened postwar colonial policy. Stanner’s apparent support of a pre-war British colonial system was anathema to the directorate (Hasluck 1980, passim). Commenting on Lucy Mair and her appointment to DORCA, Stanner noted that she was part of a small, self-interested coterie at the LSE which included Audrey Richards ‘and one or two others with whose views I have disagreed’. He believed he could ‘count on Radcliffe-Brown and EvansPritchard; and I think also…Firth’ for support.

231). It did, however, maintain a link with senior government and military officials and the prime minister, which could only promote the interests of Alf Conlon (Jinks 1983). Stanner continued his association with the committee while commanding the NAOU, while his radio broadcasts also addressed the broad issue of civilian morale. advice on indigenous loyalty Anxiety about a Japanese invasion increased when the Deputy Director of Military Intelligence reported that the Northern Territory and ‘adjacent areas have been a hotbed of Japanese espionage and that Darwin has been the centre of collation and communication of information’.

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