« [The Melanesian troops] are of excellent physique, can move quickly in close country and are adaptable… » (Australian Mission, 1941)
« The natives are a fine race, intelligent and strong. » (Kneen, quoted in Lawrey, 1982)
« […] having a history of savagery, they have been regarded by Europeans as of little economic significance. They are used for heavy unskilled work, but are reported to be lazy. On the other hand, they make good stockmen on cattle stations […] The ability of at least some to proceed to higher education is demonstrated by the recent ordination of two of their number to the Catholic priesthood […] » (Smith, 1948).
« [There was a] […] widespread tendency in the European community to regard Lenormand as representing native as opposed to European interests, a tendency associated with strong racial prejudice – however unexpected among Frenchmen, against his wife. » (Anderson, 1951b)
These four quotations highlight aspects of the views of Australian military officers and ...