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The Canterbury Museum, Christchurch
John M. MacKenzie

American plants in exchange for a New Zealand herbarium; Hooker sent specimens from Kew, while Mueller sent Australian examples. Ornithological materials came from Gerard Krefft of the Australian Museum in Sydney and Hector in Wellington also contributed. Haast’s list of correspondents spread out to embrace Louis Agassiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Georg von Frauenfeld, Director of the Imperial Zoological

in Museums and empire
Matthew P. Fitzpatrick and Peter Monteath

entanglements, this volume offers historians an opportunity to capture the heterogeneity of the modes of exchange between Germans and non-European peoples, which ran the full gamut of experiences from eliminatory violence to intermarriage. In this vein, the essays in this book offer a series of case studies of German interactions with the extra-European world that together offer some of the missing texture and finer grain of Germany's colonial-era global reach. By

in Savage worlds
Museums and the British imperial experience
Sarah Longair and John McAleer

British Empire. A complex web of networks was forged as curators sought to explain ‘the puzzling new world’ to their visitors, be they British, Indian or Australian. 29 Specimens and artefacts circulated between regions, as objects were exchanged, purchased or sent for identification. Knowledge also circulated through these networks, as information and expertise was shared. Through the movement and exchange of objects, and the networks of contacts nurtured by their respective curators, museums were connected with sites, spaces and

in Curating empire
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Rebuilding the Bank of England, 1919–39
Iain Black

the heart of the City and by a number of collective associations around key moments in imperial history. The symbolic site which framed the idea of the City as the heart of empire was Bank Junction, the public space where seven of the City’s key commercial streets converge, surrounded by the monumental architecture of the Bank of England, the Royal Exchange and the Mansion House. This site, captured in Niels Lund’s classic painting ‘The heart of the empire’ (1904), began to acquire the character of an imperial Roman

in Imperial cities
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Tod’s sympathetic understanding of Rajput difference
Florence D’Souza

eastern lands, in order to arrive at some understanding of Tod’s individual position among this group of British colonialist, intellectual explorers. As throughout this study, my attention will be focused on ways of circumventing the too-neat binaries of a one-sided perception of top-down exchanges between West and East, or between colonisers and colonised, as spread by Edward Said’s Orientalism

in Knowledge, mediation and empire
Books, travelling scholarships, leave of absence
Tamson Pietsch

Bodleian and British libraries in the 1850s, it was only in the 1880s that settler universities realised that wide-scale publication exchange offered a relatively inexpensive way for them to build their own collections. In 1889–90, McGill exchanged publications with thirty universities; in 1892–93 Strathclyde received thirty-eight publications; and in 1904–5 Sydney traded a total of

in Empire of scholars
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Pratik Chakrabarti

exchanged raw materials, in the shape of plants and animal specimens from the colonies, for finished products of publications of scientific knowledge about them from the metropolis. 20 The point is that the eighteenth century, through trade, colonialism, plantation and war, unravelled a distinct material culture, and it is necessary to see the history of science and medicine in that context. It is through this process that a different history of imperial science can be grasped. This book explores the materialism of

in Materials and medicine
Rory M. Miller and Robert G. Greenhill

American government bonds were listed on the Liverpool Stock Exchange, Arthur Thomas comments that ‘provincial participation in the issue of foreign stocks was very small indeed’. 14 Leading City of London firms such as Baring, Rothschild and Schröder, all heavily involved in Latin American flotations, now became merchant bankers rather than merchants. 15 Even in cases where Liverpool

in The empire in one city?
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Frances Steel

1880s, a time of unparalleled growth and prosperity in Dunedin as the city capitalised on the rush to Central Otago following the discovery of gold in 1861. The handsome solidity of the original structure embodies the certainty and progressive vision of the city’s political and business leaders ( figure 2 ). It was from these premises, centrally located in the railway, harbour and exchange

in Oceania under steam
Gathering nature’s wonders
Helen Cowie

, with the collection of objects to some extent mirroring the ‘collection’ of territories. 11 Richard Drayton and Emma Spary have focused more specifically on the relationship between natural history and empire. In Nature’s Government , Drayton charts the evolution of Kew Gardens in London, showing how Sir Joseph Banks transformed this institution into the ‘great exchange house of empire’. 12 Banks

in Conquering nature in Spain and its empire, 1750–1850