How do we become aborigines? Family trajectories in Southeastern Australia Review


  • This article presents the life-story of an Australian Indigenous man named Albert Widders. His story is revealing as his life seems to have been cut in two by the emergence of a segregated order in the South-East of Australia. Born in the 1840s, he was well integrated into settler society in the first part of his life, even marrying a European woman. Yet, after the breaking-up of his marriage, Albert moved to a new region and formed a new family, this time with an Aboriginal woman. From those two marriages came two families, one living in the Aboriginal world, the other in the Euro-Australian world. Albert's life and the contrasting trajectories of his two families give us new insights into the shifting racial relations in South-East Australia and the hardening, in the 20th century, of the dichotomy between 'black' and 'white'. © 2010

publication date

  • 2009/12/1


  • 1840s
  • Aborigines
  • Cut
  • Dichotomy
  • Life Story
  • Marriage
  • Settler Societies
  • Trajectory

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0395-2649

number of pages

  • 25

start page

  • 1335

end page

  • 1359