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Little research exists on the participation of Chinese in Australian sport in the colonial or Federation periods. This article examines the involvement of three, hitherto-unknown, amateur sportsmen in late nineteenth-century Sydney—the Kong Sing brothers. Otto, Ophir, and George Kong Sing, sons...
Australian Anglican debates about women in the church have a long history characterised by exclusion. Anglicans tried to extend political rights to women at the same pace as wider society and shared many aims with feminism, but were hampered by complex laws. Opponents delayed change by arguing...
The Eureka Stockade has long been portrayed as a hyper-masculine episode in Australian history, because of the myth of the goldfields as an exclusively male domain and the tangible outcome of the Ballarat uprising of 1854—manhood suffrage. Using three interpretive cases studies of women who...
The life of Adelaide pharmacist, George Napier Birks, changed dramatically between 1884 and 1894. In the mid-1880s, he was a hypochondriac, and a highly religious retail-businessman who embodied mid-Victorian manliness. By 1894, he was roughing it as a member of William Lane's New Australia...
Louis Nowra's recently published Bad Dreaming: Aboriginal Men's Violence Against Women and Children (2007) includes an ethno-historical study of gender relations in Aboriginal 'traditional' society, drawing on early explorers' observations and anthropological accounts. Inga Clendinnen likewise...
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