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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

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

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
Intercontinental mobility and migrant expectations in the nineteenth century

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
No more ‘Australia for the White Man’

When Sir Frank Packer took over the Sydney-based Bulletin magazine in late 1960, he handed editorship to Donald Horne. The first thing Horne did was to take the slogan ‘Australia for the White Man’ off the banner. This removal was not merely cosmetic, because Horne was determined to refashion the symbolic organ of White Australian cultural nationalism in a new internationalist way. While Horne's politics at the time were Cold War libertarian, he was already a maverick, and showed this by hiring Les Tanner as chief cartoonist and art director

in Comic empires
So what went wrong?

5 Training the ‘natives’ as nurses in Australia: so what went wrong? Odette Best Introduction The story of the Aboriginal women who participated in Australia’s nursing history remains largely untold. In the first six decades of the twentieth century, Aboriginal people were confronted with harsh exclusionary practices that forced them to live in settlements, reserves and missions.1 While many Aboriginal women worked in domestic roles (in white people’s homes and on rural properties), small numbers were trained at public hospitals and some Aboriginal women

in Colonial caring

[God] hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation. (Acts 17:26) ‘One blood’: John Fraser and the origins of the Aborigines In 1892 Dr John Fraser (1834–1904), a schoolteacher from Maitland, New South Wales, published An Australian Language , a work commissioned by the

in Chosen peoples

Politically and economically, New Zealand began as an eastern frontier of the British Empire in Australia as an extension of the Colony of New South Wales, until New Zealand became a Crown Colony in its own right in 1841. Between 1788 and 1840 New Zealand was part of ‘Australia’s empire’ because of culture contact, maritime traffic, trade and

in New Zealand’s empire
Confronting racial diversity

168 9 From ‘White Australia’ to ‘the race question in America’: Confronting racial diversity In 2009, the controversial Melbourne tabloid columnist Andrew Bolt wrote an article criticising white-skinned people who identified as Aboriginal for the purpose of taking up indigenous awards and scholarships. One of those he targeted was a newly named Fulbrighter. Mark McMillan was a legal scholar who had just been awarded the 2009 Fulbright Indigenous scholarship (discussed in chapter ten). The irony would not be lost on McMillan, who was heading to Arizona State

in Academic ambassadors, Pacific allies

‘Here in Australia/Louisa Lawson, editor of the feminist journal Dawn , observed with characteristic matter-of-factness, ‘it is considered more a crime to steal a horse than ruin a girl.’ 1 On the Darling Downs, at the turn of the century, another pioneering wife explained, ‘Women in the farming districts don’t occupy a very high place in the

in Gender and imperialism