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Through Australian Eyes

Colonial Perceptions of Imperial Britain

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In the last 25 years of the nineteenth century, around two hundred thousand visitors from Australia landed in Britain. As members of the colonial elite, they sailed to the Old Country to experience their Britishness: they toured Westminster Abbey; they visited graves of parents; they threw snowballs at Christmas. As one visitor expressed it on arrival in London in 1889: ‘Spotted St Pauls in the distance & felt at home.’ Using unpublished diaries and letters, this book offers a unique and cross-disciplinary approach to Cultural History. It considers both British and Australian national identities as the products of cultural displacement.

Published in association with Melbourne University Press

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-902210-62-9
Paperback Price: £16.95 / < class="00">
Release Date: October 2000
Page Extent / Format: 240 pp. / 229 x 152 mm
Illustrated: Yes


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Chapter One: Neither English nor Foreign: Australian Colonial Identity
Chapter Two: Familiar and Yet Strange: First Experiences of Britain
Chapter Three: Aborigines at the Crystal Palace: Portable Colonial Spaces
Chapter Four: Roast Beef and the Epsom Derby: Social Status and National Identity
Chapter Five: Cleopatra’s Needle: Antiquity, History and Modernity in Britain and the USA
Chapter Six: A Disgusting Climate: Being Australian in Wales, Ireland and Scotland
Chapter Seven: Australia has more of a Continental Atmosphere: Twentieth-Century Visitors to Britain

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