Glossary of terms

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palliasse

a straw-filled mattress

parapet

a low wall along the edge of a tall structure, such as a bridge or roof

periscope

a vertical tube inside a submarine that lets a person see above the surface of the water

pillbox

a small building made of concrete used to defend a place in a battle

pinnace

a small boat carried on a large ship, used to carry goods and people from the ship to the shore

plateau

a large area of high and fairly flat land

plebiscite

a direct vote by the people of a country or region in which they say whether they agree or disagree with a particular policy

prisoners of war

a person who is held captive by a belligerent power, such as their enemy, during or after an armed conflict

promontory

a cliff or high point of land that points out into the sea

Protection Acts

state-based laws of the 1800s and 1900s that forced Indigenous Australians to live under the control of a legal protector who managed many aspects of their lives, such as employment and marriage

Protestant

a Christian who belongs to the branch of the Christian church that separated from the Catholic Church in the 16th century

protocol

a system of rules about the correct way to act in formal situations