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Deryck Schreuder and Stuart Ward

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199563739

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199563739.001.0001

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Monarchy: From Reverence to Indifference

Monarchy: From Reverence to Indifference

(p.261) 11 Monarchy: From Reverence to Indifference
Australia’s Empire

Mark McKenna

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines colonial Australia’s view of the British monarchy. It suggests that the Australian conception of the monarchy was the most potent symbol in conveying ideas of Australia’s inherent unity and fraternity with Britain and the Empire. The loyalty to the monarchy may be attributed to Australia’s distance from Britain, which tended to exaggerate affection to the King. In addition, the institution of monarchy in Australia was detached from the ancient hierarchy of aristocracy and privilege on which it rested in Britain.

Keywords:   British monarchy, Australia, British colony, British Empire, aristocracy

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