Durable Monuments: Claiming Bodies, Souls and the Past in Colonial Australia


Book Information

Release date 03-2024
Format Paperback
Pages 252
ISBN 9781923068773
ISBN10 1923068776
Width (mm) 152
Length (mm) 229

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Nineteenth-century Australian settlers, in an architectural, cultural and intellectual claiming of their new land, filled their landscape with durable monuments — allusions of visual, textual, linguistic kinds to a remembered, imagined, idealised, far-distant homeland. This book chronicles how colonists adjusted to surroundings that were without everyday signifiers of European civilisation; where it was self-assuring to create one’s own references to an ancient cultural inheritance, and also to claim to be of the land — becoming indigenous, in fact, by constructing a locality with its own symbolic references to a past that was meaningful for them.

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Weight 1 kg

Author information

Peter Hoffenberg