Limits of Location

Creating a Colony

Edited by Gretchen Poiner and Sybil Jack

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Format: paperback
272 pages
ISBN: 9781920899158

Publication: 01 Jan 2007

Publisher: Sydney University Press

In 1826, partly as a means of curbing disorder and brutality in bush living, Governor Darling established the area known as the 'limits of location' within which colonists could see land grants, but beyond which they could not. The line on the map, however, presented no real restraint. The contributors to this book reveal different approaches to creating a colony. Using the rich collections of the Mitchell Library, the authors go beyond the traditional sources of history, highlighting the personal stories revealed through family letters, and creative interaction with the landscape through poetry and drawings. The roles of Aborigines, missionaries, women and migrant workers are explored, and all stories return to the way the newcomers created a sense of place as they settled in this new world. This publication is supported by the NSW Chapter of the Independent Scholars Association of Australia.

Gretchen Poiner is an honorary associate in anthropology at the University of Sydney.

Sybil Jack is an honorary research associate in history at the University of Sydney.

List of illustrations
Elizabeth Ellis
Why this collection?

Introduction: setting the scene
Gretchen Poiner and Sybil Jack

  1. Surveyors and the creation of location in New South Wales
    Sybil Jack
  2. Flora in view
    Helen Hewson
  3. Belonging: the meaning of place for women in the early settlement of New South Wales
    Gretchen Poiner
  4. A very benevolent society
    Marilyn Dodkin
  5. Portrait of a family: the lost art of letter writing
    Audrey Tate and Margaret Bettison
  6. Early Indian workers in the Australian colonies
    Marie de Lepervanche
  7. People and place: terms of inclusion in a colony’s history
    Christine Jennett
  8. ‘Make a light’: Aboriginal economic contributions to the emerging nation
    Gaynor Macdonald
  9. Baiami and the Bible: religious encounters in early colonial Australia
    Ian Keese
  10. ‘An other world’: Albert Tissandier at Jenolan Caves
    Susan Steggall
  11. The ethnomania of R.H. Mathews: anthropology and the rage for collecting
    Martin Thomas

About the contributors

Format: paperback
Size: 260 × 210 × 16 mm
272 pages
12 colour illustrations, 2 b&w tables, and 55 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9781920899158
Publication: 01 Jan 2007