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Through Australian Eyes: Colonial Perceptions of Imperial Britain Andrew Hassam

Through Australian Eyes: Colonial Perceptions of Imperial Britain

Andrew Hassam

Published October 1st 2000
ISBN : 9781902210629
Paperback
220 pages
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 About the Book 

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 Using unpublished diaries and letters, this book offers a unique and cross-disciplinary approach to Cultural History.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