The Scots in Australia, 1788-1938

November 2017
2 black and white illustrations
213 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
Boydell Press
BISAC HIS037060, HIS004000

The Scots in Australia, 1788-1938

Benjamin Wilkie

The experience of immigration to Australia from Scotland is outlined here, from daily life and occupation, to interactions with the indigenous inhabitants.
Despite their significant presence, Scots have often been invisible in histories of Australian migration. This book illuminates the many experiences of the Scots in Australia, from the first colonists in the late-eighteenth century until the hopeful arrivals of the interwar years. It explores how and why they migrated to Australia, and their lives as convicts, colonists, farmers, families, workers, and weavers of culture and identity. It also investigates their encounters with the Australian continent, whether in its cities or on the land, and their relationship with its first peoples; and their connections to one another and with their own collective identities, looking at diversity and tension within the Scottish diaspora in Australia. It is also a book about the challenges of finding a place for oneself in a new land, and the difficulties of creating a sense of belonging in a settler colonial society.

Dr Benjamin Wilkie is a Lecturer in Australian Studies and Early Career Development Fellow at Deakin University, Australia.
Keywords: Modern History

Table of Contents

From Scotland to Australia: Convicts, Free Settlers, and Encounters with Australia
Caledonia Australis: Imperial Commerce, Migrant Networks, and Australian Pastoralism
Scottish Migrants and Indigenous Australians
Imagining Home: Scottish Culture in Australia
Warriors of Empire: A Case Study of Popular Imperialism
The Empire Builders: Imperial Commerce and Migration Between the Wars
New Scots: Industry, Settlement, and Working-Class Migration
At the Edge of Scotland's Diaspora: Diversity and Tension in the Twentieth Century
Conclusion: The Imperial Legacy

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