Cross-cultural encounters produce boundaries and frontiers. This book explores the formation, structure, and maintenance of boundaries and frontiers in settler colonies. The southern nations of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have a common military heritage as all three united to fight for the British Empire during the Boer and First World Wars. The book focuses on the southern latitudes and especially Australia and Australian historiography. Looking at cross-cultural interactions in the settler colonies, the book illuminates the formation of new boundaries and the interaction between settler societies and indigenous groups. It contends that the frontier zone is a hybrid space, a place where both indigene and invader come together on land that each one believes to be their own. The best way to approach the northern Cape frontier zone is via an understanding of the significance of the frontier in South African history. The book explores some ways in which discourses of a natural, prehistoric Aboriginality inform colonial representations of the Australian landscape and its inhabitants, both indigenous and immigrant. The missions of the London Missionary Society (LMS) in Polynesia and Australia are examined to explore the ways in which frontiers between British and antipodean cultures were negotiated in colonial textuality. The role of the Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand society is possibly the most important and controversial issue facing modern New Zealanders. The book also presents valuable insights into sexual politics, Aboriginal sovereignty, economics of Torres Strait maritime, and nomadism.
The London Missionary Society in Polynesia and Australia, 1800–50
This chapter examines the
missions of the London Missionary Society (LMS) in Polynesia and
Australia in the first half of the nineteenth century in order to
explore the ways in which frontiers and boundaries between British
and antipodeancultures were negotiated in colonial textuality.
Whilst the prior expectations of the British missionary societies
antipodeancultures. This fascinating
case study reveals that a carefully contextualised reading of colonial
texts can reveal a great deal about the ways frontiers and boundaries
were negotiated. In a clever and subtle argument Johnston urges the
reader to consider the contemporary political scene in both locales and
how this might reflect the historical record. She contributes important