To Try Her Fortune in London: Australian Women, Colonialism, and Modernity

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Oxford University Press, Aug 30, 2001 - History - 312 pages
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Between 1870 and 1940, tens of thousands of Australian women were drawn to London, their imperial metropolis and the center of the publishing, art, musical, theatrical, and educational worlds. Even more Australian women than men made the pilgrimage "home," seeking opportunities beyond those available to them in the Australian colonies or dominion. In tracing the experiences of these women, this volume reveals hitherto unexamined connections between whiteness, colonial status, gender, and modernity.
 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Australian Womens Voyages Home White Colonialness Priviledge and Modernity
19
Inhabiting the Metropolis Gendered Space and Colonialism
47
Colonizing London Australian Womens Neighborhoods Networks and Associations
73
Contesting Colonial Mens Imperial Power Australian Womens Metropolitan Activism and Commonwealth Feminism
105
Metropolis as Crucible Constructing Colonial Imperial and National Identities
139
Modernity Womens Bodies Womens Lives
181
Conclusion
207
Notes
223
Bibliography
265
Index
283
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Angela Woolacott is the author of Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture which made the Queensland Literary Awards 2015 shortlist in the History category.

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