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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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Migrations: The Career of British White Australia

Migrations: The Career of British White Australia

(p.163) 7 Migrations: The Career of British White Australia
Australia’s Empire

Eric Richards

Oxford University Press

This chapter argues that the migration from Britain was the unquestioned assumption of Australia’s Empire. The migrations of Australia were achieved in the context of much wider diasporic movements from the British Isles, and throughout the colonial era these migrations were sheltered under the protection of the Pax Britannica. This chapter suggests that the social engineering that underpinned the White Australia Policy represented a departure from British practice designed to keep Australia British.

Keywords:   British migration, Australia, British Empire, diasporic movements, White Australia Policy, Pax Britannica, social engineering

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