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Richard Cashman

More than any other sport, cricket has exemplified the colonial relationship between England and Australia and expressed imperialist notions to the greatest extent. This was because cricket was viewed as the most ‘English of English games’, the game which epitomised ‘Englishness’. For British settlers, playing cricket in an alien and seemingly hostile environment was a way

in The imperial game
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The South Australian Museum, Adelaide
John M. MacKenzie

Museums deal in history of one sort or another – or at least contemporary perceptions of such histories. It is perhaps not surprising that they attempt to push their own pasts back as far as possible. In the case of the South Australian Museum (SAuM – the ‘u’ to distinguish it from that other SAM, the South African Museum), it has been customary to identify its origins as

in Museums and empire
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Museums in Sydney and Melbourne
John M. MacKenzie

Australian museums were characteristically founded in each colony by a group of bourgeois dilettante scientists, wealthy businessmen and influential professionals. Initially, the creation of such museums was designed to forward their own natural historical interests, to establish a club in which they could interact, and to connect them with both imperial and international

in Museums and empire
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Security politics and identity policy
Anthony Burke

O N 1 AUGUST 2005 , less than a month after the 7 July bombings of the London underground, the Australian Attorney-General and former Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock held an interview outside the Hyatt Hotel in Adelaide, where he stated that ‘a terrorist attack could occur in Australia at any time’. Having made such an alarming statement, he

in Critical Security in the Asia-Pacific
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Jonathan Rayner

Origins The category of Australian Gothic covers a broad range of film texts, with the first representatives appearing in the early 1970s at the same time as the ‘Ocker’ comedies. The films given this label share a variety of common characteristics, but the best known examples ( The Last Wave (Peter Weir, 1977), the Mad Max trilogy (Dr George Miller, 1979/1981/1985). Shame (Steve Jodrell, 1987)) illustrate the variations in setting, characterisation and mode that the films essay. The environments chosen

in Contemporary Australian cinema
An introduction
Editor: Jonathan Rayner

This book offers introductory readings of some of the well-known and less well-known feature productions coming out of Australia since the revival in the national film industry at the end of the 1960s. The interpretations of the texts and the careers of their makers are considered in relation to the emergence of an indigenous film culture and the construction of national identity. The majority of the films examined in the book have had theatrical or video releases in the UK. The independent development of several indigenous film genres has been an important feature of recent production, and helped to punctuate and bracket the streams of feature production that have evolved since 1970. These Australian genres have been identified and evaluated (the Australian Gothic, the period film, the male ensemble film) and are worthy of consideration both in their own right and in their intersection with other conventionalised forms. These include science fiction, fantasy and horror in comparison with the Gothic, the heritage film and literary adaptation in connection with the period film, and the war film and rite of passage in relation to the male ensemble. More recently, an aesthetic and thematic trend has emerged in the examples of Strictly Ballroom, The Adventures of Priscilla, and Muriel's Wedding, which foregrounds elements of the camp, the kitsch and the retrospective idolisation of 1970s Glamour. Such chronological, stylistic and thematic groupings are important in the interpretation of national filmmaking.

The international links of the Australian far right in the Cold War era
Evan Smith

I N THE 1960s, as Australia underwent significant social change at the tail end of Sir Robert Menzies’ prime ministership, the far right started to slowly re-emerge, having been quite dormant in the immediate post-war years as the conservative Liberal–Country Party pursued an anti-communist agenda and the continuance of the “White Australia Policy”, the highly restrictive immigration control system that had been in place since Federation in 1901. With the beginnings of the political and cultural radicalism of the late 1960s in Australia, predominantly the

in Global white nationalism
Intercontinental mobility and migrant expectations in the nineteenth century
Eric Richards

British and Australian traffic In the summer of 1886 about 5 million people visited the Colonial and Indian Exhibition in London and 12,000 attended the official opening at the Albert Hall, graced by the Prince of Wales. Among them were large numbers of Australians who made their presence felt all around the metropolis. When they finally left to return to Australia, Melbourne Punch depicted Queen Victoria anxiously counting her spoons, and missing four. This Australian jest registered the much

in Emigrant homecomings
The failure of the Anzac legend
Kent Fedorowich

‘Our duty’, proclaimed Senator E. D. Millen, Australia’s Minister of Repatriation, ‘is … to labour together and build, even upon the initial mistakes and apparent failure inevitable in a national undertaking of this magnitude, that in the final analysis our work shall be proven solvent, sound, and justified by its achievements.’ 1 The Australian experience of resettling

in Unfit for heroes
Deepening ties and securitising cyberspace
Maryanne Kelton and Zac Rogers

Introduction: Strengthening the alliance Obama’s politics of liberal internationalism promoted the rule of law, free trade and democratic values throughout the Asia Pacific. At the same time, his pragmatic realism was designed to secure the United States’ position in the region. This approach extended to deepening ties with regional allies and fostering the growth and corporatisation of US cyber capability. On both counts, he found a willing ally in Australia. Obama’s specific legacy, then, was to consolidate US–Australia political and economic relations

in The United States in the Indo-Pacific