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Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture

Angela Woollacott


The 1820s to the 1860s was a foundational period in Australian history, arguably at least as important as federation. Convict transportation provided the labour on which the first settlements depended before it was brought to a staggered end, first in New South Wales in 1840 and last in Western Australia in 1868. The numbers of free settlers rose dramatically, surging from the 1820s and again during the 1850s gold rushes. The convict system increasingly included assignment to private masters and mistresses, and offered settlers the inducement of unpaid labourers as well as the availability of ... More

Keywords: Australian history, settler colonialism, self-government, unfree labour, free settlers, systematic colonization, political citizenship, gender, indentured labourers, Aborigines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780199641802
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199641802.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Angela Woollacott, author
Manning Clark Professor of History, The Australian National University