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Australia’s Empire$
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Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001

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Gender and Sexuality

Gender and Sexuality

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(p.312) 13 Gender and Sexuality
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Australia’s Empire
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Angela Woollacott

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.003.0013

This chapter examines the distinctive attributes of colonial gender relations in Australia from the culture of frontier masculinities to the early successes of women’s struggle for equal citizenship rights. The British colonisers brought new assumptions about gender identities in Australia and placed an idealized colonial manhood at one remove from its British origins. However, it was the same colonial ideas about masculine excess that helped to secure early achievements of an Australian feminism built on temperance.

Keywords:   gender relations, sexuality, colonial Australia, women’s rights, masculinities

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