|From the James Morrill scrapbook:|
Newspaper clipping from the Telegraph, Thursday 8 August 1963
As the small collection of newspaper cuttings in James Morrill scrapbook held in the Special Collections reveals, much of the writing about James Morrill and his experiences has been sensational, if not downright inaccurate. In recent times scholarship has endeavoured to reframe his contribution within a more accurate context. Emma Dortins points out that “Repeated interrogations of Morrill’s story from the 1860s to the present have allowed him a place (posthumously) in the discovery and civilisation of North Queensland and the success of the white man in the tropics.”
The Special Collection holds the James Morrill Scrapbook, which includes newspaper cuttings and photographs.
Dortins, Emma. 2012. “James Morrill Shipwreck survivor, Birri-gubba adoptee and explorer-in-retrospect,” History Australia 9(3): 67-88. http://journals.publishing.monash.edu/ojs/index.php/ha/article/view/906.
Bianka Vidonja Balanzategui
JCU PhD History Candidate