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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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Religion and Society

Religion and Society

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(p.186) 8 Religion and Society
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Australia’s Empire
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Hilary M. Carey

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.003.0008

This chapter examines the role of religion and the missionary impulse on British colonization of Australia. It explores the activities of the colonizing clergies only in relation to Australian Aborigines but also in relation to enlarging the scope of Australia’s Empire into the Pacific. This chapter contends that though religion remained active in instilling notions of loyalty in congregations, religion never acquired the potency of race in the Australian conception of the British world.

Keywords:   religion, colonization, Australia, British Empire, British missionaries, clergies, Aborigines

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