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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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Conquest 1

Conquest 1

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Australia’s Empire

Alan Atkinson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the meaning, method, and practice of conquest in Australia. It suggests that the continent and islands of Australia were claimed for the British Empire in an interlinked chain of ritual extending over more than fifty years. James Cook hoisted the British flag on Possession Island on August 22, 1770 and claimed the territory he had seen in the name of King George III and this claim was reinforced by the King himself on 12 October 1786. Several other claims were made and settlements established from that moment until 1829, but the actual conquest of the country and its people extended a long time beyond those years.

Keywords:   Australia, conquest, British Empire, James Cook, Possession Island, King George III, colonial territory

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