Scandal in the Colonies: Sydney and Cape Town, 1820-1850

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Melbourne Univ. Publishing, 2004 - History - 210 pages
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The hidden stories of two Australian port towns rife with gossip and dubious reputations are uncovered in this history. This study argues that colonial societies offered European settlers the chance to invent new identities, an opportunity they exploited with a vengeance which ultimately influenced imperial policy and became a key element in the emergence of a society deeply divided by class and race. Touching on the themes of masculinity and commercial culture, female sexuality in civil litigation, and gossip in political culture, this study offers a fresh and engaging approach to colonial history.
 

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Contents

Dubious Reputations
1
Patrolling the Boundaries
16
The Wylde affair
17
Claiming status
46
In the Courts
67
Fair fame and credit conducting business
69
Tales of ruin sex and marriage
90
Transforming the Colonies
118
The taint of bondage
121
A new dawn?
153
Towards Respectability
180
Notes
185
Bibliography
196
Index
206
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\Kirsten McKenzie lectures at the University of Sydney.

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