By Melinda Hinkson, Jeremy Beckett
"WEH Stanner was once a public highbrow whose paintings reached past the partitions of the academy, and he is still a hugely major determine in Aboriginal affairs and Australian anthropology. informed 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 Aboriginal faith. His 1968 broadcast lectures, After the Dreaming, stay one of the most generally quoted works within the box of Aboriginal reports. He additionally produced a few highly evocative biographical pics of Aboriginal humans. Stanners writings on post-colonial improvement and assimilation coverage advised an appreciation of Indigenous peoples unique global perspectives and aspirations"--Provided by way of publisher. Read more...
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187–210). In April 1942 Conlon, commissioned as a major, succeeded in convincing the Adjutant General of Land Headquarters, Major General Victor PH Stanke, of the need to have a Directorate of Research. Initially such a directorate, he argued, would assist in the development of a strategy that could be implemented in the event of an invasion and occupation of Australia by the Japanese. The lawyers JR Kerr and John Ryan were asked to report on alternative forms of military government for north Queensland in the event of invasion and the withdrawal of troops south of Brisbane.
Phyllis Kaberry apparently told Stanner that his was regarded as the ‘most original mind’ in Malinowski’s seminar. He ruefully thought, in retrospect, this was because it was not as well furnished with wide background reading (Mrs P Stanner, pers. , April 2007). 3. In 1933 Stanner had worked on the personal staff of Bertram Stevens, the NSW Premier; this experience is likely to have laid the ground for his appointment as Casey’s assistant. 4. Late in life he recalled ‘Somehow the idea of being a good soldier to the Queen, which is the way Grandfather spoke of himself, remains for me the one accolade which I would never trade for another.
Some of his academic works are convoluted, and his archive suggests he laboured hard over many of his texts, drafting, correcting and redrafting, with some well-worked pieces being set aside, never finding their way into print. He seems to have had the most trouble when he allowed his commitment to Radcliffe-Brown’s ideas to get in the way of making a plain case. Stanner had of course been trained as a journalist and this background, combined with the idea Malinowski instilled in his students that the anthropologist must 16 On the life and legacy of WEH Stanner weave an engaging account out of collected data, are likely to have been important influences.