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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
The failure of the Anzac legend

‘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
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

[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

‘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

it. Though there had always been rumours of competition, 1 from 1847 P&O had to deal with rivals of real substance. Australia and the India & Australia Mail Steam Packet Company 2 In 1770, Captain James Cook found the east coast of Australia, and by November 1792, a ship had arrived in Sydney from North America with cargo to trade. Other ships soon followed. With the advent

in Flagships of imperialism