2009, English, Thesis edition: Responsible witnessing : narratives of tragedy and failure in Van Diemen's Land / Maria John. John, Maria M.A.

User activity

Send to:
 
Bookmark: http://trove.nla.gov.au/version/188676161
Physical Description
  • vi, 147 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
Published
  • 2009.
Language
  • English

Edition details

Title
  • Responsible witnessing : narratives of tragedy and failure in Van Diemen's Land /‚Äč Maria John.
Also Titled
  • Tragedy and failure in Van Diemen's Land
Author
  • John, Maria M.A.
Other Authors
  • Monash University. School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies.
Published
  • 2009.
Physical Description
  • vi, 147 p. : ill. ; 30 cm.
Subjects
Summary
  • "This thesis examines a range of narratives that were adopted by two British philanthropists during the 1820s and 1830s in order to cope with the suffering and pain caused by colonisation in Van Diemen's Land. Of all the confrontations between settler and indigenous peoples in Britain's far flung empire, only in Vna Diemen's Land was the immediate mortality rate of the Aboriginal population so high that government officials had to acknowledge openly that British colonisation might hasten, if not bring about the annihilation of a distinct race. Van Diemen's Land thus provides an ideal historical location in which to study how the prospect of British failure to protect Aboriginal people was confronted and handled by philanthropic Britons. Previous histories of British benevolence have often pointed to Van Diemen's Land as an exemplary case of failure, but few have questioned how philanthropists within the colony grappled with this themselves. In this thesis I consider not only how the prospect of failure was tackled but what it actually meant. In order to grasp what failure had signified to these Britons and how they handled this, we must start with the more important task of comprehending how they constucted their project in the first place. The central argument being put forward is that the British project of saving indigenous populations was intimately connected to, and perhaps even indivisible from, a concern for an ideal conception of Britishness and the salvation of the British sinners engaged in frontier warfare.
  • At its core, therefore, this thesis looks at what lay at the very heart of British philanthropy as it was pursued in colonies such as Van Diemen's Land. The voices of Lieutenant-Governor George Arthur and his associate George Augustus Robinson animate my work and lie at its heart. These men are more often regarded as central characters in the tragedy which befell Aboriginal Tasmanians, but here I argue that they had positioned themselves as important witnesses to, and as narrators for, this important episode in British colonial history. Examining the shifting discourses of these men in their public and private writings, this thesis attempts to undestand what became of their redemptive hopes for colonisation in Van Diemen's Land at the point when these visions were threatened by the British failure to protect the Tasmanians. The solutions Arthur and Robinson endeavoured to find in the stories they told in the face of such failure are explored in detail not only for their intended effect, but also for what these reveal about the wider influences acting Arthur and Robinson as they narrated the progress of Aboriginal extinction in the colony."--Summary, p. i.
Notes
  • Summary: p. i.
  • Principal supervisors: Bain Attwood and Mark Peel.
  • Thesis (M.A.)--Monash University, 2009.
  • Includes bibliographical references (p. [131]-147)
  • Also available in microfiche format (3 microfiches : negative) ; MOUN 13289.
Language
  • English
Libraries Australia ID
Contributed by
Libraries Australia

Get this edition

  • Set up My libraries

    How do I set up "My libraries"?

    In order to set up a list of libraries that you have access to, you must first login or sign up. Then set up a personal list of libraries from your profile page by clicking on your user name at the top right of any screen.

  • All (1)
  • VIC (1)
None of your libraries hold this item.

This single location in All:

Library Access Call number(s) Formats held Language
Monash University. Monash University Library. Open to the public 3073531; MA-THS-MF MICROFICHE 2475/5062; MA-THS J65.95 Thesis English
Show 0 more libraries...
None of your libraries hold this item.
None of your libraries hold this item.
None of your libraries hold this item.
None of your libraries hold this item.
None of your libraries hold this item.
None of your libraries hold this item.

This single location in Victoria:

Library Access Call number(s) Formats held Language
Monash University. Monash University Library. Open to the public 3073531; MA-THS-MF MICROFICHE 2475/5062; MA-THS J65.95 Thesis English
Show 0 more libraries...
None of your libraries hold this item.

User activity


e.g. test cricket, Perth (WA), "Parkes, Henry"

Separate different tags with a comma. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes.

Be the first to add a tag for this edition

Be the first to add this to a list

Comments and reviews

What are comments? Add a comment

No user comments or reviews for this version

Add a comment