This article examines state efforts to assimilate Indigenous peoples through
the spatial politics of housing design and the regulation of access to and use
of houses, streets, and towns. Using two Australian case studies in the 1950s,
Framlingham Aboriginal Reserve in Victoria and the Gap housing development
in the Northern Territory, and inspired by recent scholarship on imperial
networks and Indigenous mobilities, it explores Aboriginal people’s
negotiation of those efforts through practices of both moving and staying put.
We demonstrate the importance of micromobility—which we define as smallscale
movements across short distances, in and out of buildings, along roads,
and across townships—and argue that in order to fully appreciate the regulation
of Indigenous mobility and Indigenous resistance to it, scholars must concentrate
on the small, local, and seemingly insignificant as well as more drastic
and permanent movement.