Through Australian Eyes

Through Australian Eyes

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In the last quarter of the nineteenth-century, around 200,000 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 Paul's in the distance & felt at home'. Yet colonial Australians visiting 'Home' often struggled to identify with the place and culture they found. Their surprised and surprising reactions, and shifting sense of identity, are instantly recognisable today, and make for fascinating reading. Using unpublished diaries and letters, this book offers a unique and cross-disciplinary approach to cultural history.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.show more

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  • Paperback | 220 pages
  • Melbourne University Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • 0522849512
  • 9780522849516

About Andrew Hassam

Dr Andrew Hassam is Senior Lecturer in Australian Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter. His previous books include No Privacy for Writing- Shipboard Diaries 1852-1879 (MUP, 1995).show more