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Collecting and connoisseurship
Katie Donington

no expense in pursuing his passion – the building of a hothouse stood testament to his botanical ambitions. 111 He employed a gardener, Joseph Knight, who resided full time on the property, tending to the collection. Knight remained in George’s employ until the family removed from Clapham in 1820, at which point he gave Knight his living collection. Knight went on to form the

in The bonds of family
Popular imperialism in Britain, continuities and discontinuities over two centuries
John M. MacKenzie

back to families, 9 helped to keep the existence and significance of colonies continually in the forefront of the public imagination. Earlier manifestations It is important to recognise that in the British case, these imperial passions were not wholly new in the nineteenth century. Kathleen Wilson has charted the significance of aspects of popular imperialism in the eighteenth

in European empires and the people
Humanitarian discourse in New South Wales, 1788–1830
Jillian Beard

avail: ‘he seemed dead to every passion but revenge; forgot his affection to his old friends; and, instead of complying with the request they made, furiously brandished his sword at the governor, and called aloud for his hatchet to dispatch the unhappy victim of his barbarity’. 24 Onlookers were bewildered to know the cause of Bennelong’s ‘inveterate inhumanity’. Eventually, Bennelong revealed that in a recent battle

in Humanitarianism, empire and transnationalism, 1760–1995
The tragic story of theAboriginal prison on Rottnest Island, Western Australia, 1838–1903
Ann Wood

physical punishment. Most of all, the failure of the prison as a humanitarian project was a product of the nature and purpose of punishment in a colonising situation. It is hard to see how a punishment explicitly designed to terrorise people into submission could make the cultural values of an alien settler society attractive to prisoners. As Salvado perceptively noted, the prisoners hated the island with a passion and when they

in Humanitarianism, empire and transnationalism, 1760–1995
The Negro Education Grant and Nonconforming missionary societies in the 1830s
Felicity Jensz

Society (BFBS) – some of the most influential religious organisations and organs of the missionary movement. His passion for abolition and emancipation reflected his interest in morality and justice for slaves as well as British society in general – he was very concerned about the general lack of piety and virtue in British society. For him, religion was a key component in a moral society as it dignified ‘the conduct of

in Missionaries and modernity
The iconography of Anglo-American inter-imperialism
Stephen Tuffnell

artists refigured the visual language of Anglo-American relations into a versatile and adaptable imagery for understanding the United States’ place in world affairs and its newfound status as an empire among empires. The visual imagery of Anglo-American imperial reciprocity competed with the versatile visual culture of American Anglophobia in the late nineteenth century. American Anglophobia provided a flexible framework into which American politicians and commentators could position complex political problems, ignite electoral passions, and rally support for foreign

in Comic empires
George Brown’s narrative defence of the ‘New Britain raid’
Helen Gardner

master of their passions. Brown consistently claimed that he conducted the raid in order to avert the threat of uncontrollable passions erupting between the Christian teachers from Samoa and Fiji and the heathen villagers of New Britain. In his investigation of counter-insurgency rhetoric and Indian historiography, Guha

in Law, history, colonialism
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Gender, sexual morality and the state in early Van Diemen’s Land
Kirsty Reid

ways. Criminality was reputedly the product of an undisciplined self, a disordered appetite and a passion for over-indulgence in all matters of the senses from excessive eating and drinking to indiscriminate sexual encounters. In an agrarian-based settler society the beguiling seductions of modern luxuries were, however, supposedly absent. ‘New situations make new minds’, William Godwin

in Gender, crime and empire
‘Pearson’s’ publications, 1890–1914
Peter Broks

very long. Pearson’s Weekly , the Daily Express , and the Tariff Reform campaign were all passing passions, yet in each we can discern two enduring themes: a love of empire and a flair for publicity. Set up in 1900 the Daily Express proclaimed of itself that ‘Our policy is patriotic; our policy is the British Empire’, and later it was to be Pearson’s social imperialism that led him to found

in Imperialism and the natural world
John M. MacKenzie

dominant hunting passion in the British Empire and beyond also appeared in great Scottish houses and other buildings. In an age when elite travel by sea seemed to offer opportunities for the conveyance of large trunks and wooden cases of such products, the transfer of trophies and skins to the UK from India and elsewhere became both a practical and relatively common phenomenon. In some ways, such crates of trophies were the hunting equivalent of the booty of war being transported often at the same time. An excellent example is the Marquis of Tullibardine, heir to the

in Dividing the spoils