Agora 2021-3 Colonial Histories

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Colonial Histories | Agora vol. 56 no. 3 (2021)

Colonial Histories

Agora vol. 56 no. 3 (2021)

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Reflection Bianca Crawford

Editorial Guy Nolch

Reflections on the theme
The Role of Piracy in the British Empire
Scott Hetherington
The British Empire was established on the back of pirates who enriched the Crown with Spanish treasure that funded the expansion of the Royal Navy.
A French Australia: What Were the Chances?
Matthew Allanby
The French were exploring Australia’s coastline at the same time as the British, but a number of obstacles and different priorities saw the British establish Antipodean colonies.
The Indigenous Man Who 'Volunteered' to Sail with Matthew Flinders
Harrison Croft
Bungaree does not appear in official records, but Flinders' journal reveals he was essential to the successful circumnavigation of Australia.
The Antipodean Legacies of Atlantic Slavery
Zoë Laidlaw
Compensation awarded to British slave-owners under the Slavery Abolition Act 1833 enabled them to redirect their Atlantic assets and practices to Australia’s burgeoning settler colonies.
Misrepresentation of Tasmania’s Indigenous People across Time
Lyndon Pratt
An extinction narrative created by nineteenth century colonists in Tasmania was maintained into the 1970s through media narratives of Truganini as the last of Tasmania’s Aboriginal people.
Colonisation and the Australian Environment, 1788–1900
Richard Broome
At least nine ideas need to be considered when understanding the impact of colonisation on Australia's environment.
Coronial Investigations as Primary Sources in Colonial History
Madonna Grehan
Coronial investigations into maternal deaths are a window into the private realm of childbirth in colonial Australia, a period in which regulation did not apply to the work or the people who performed it. These records also have a broader application for studying aspects of colonial life.
Gender and Power in Colonial Encounters between European Company Men and Asian Elites
Susie Protschky
Company men sought to extend their influence in India and the Dutch East Indies by establishing families with elite local women.
The Colonisation and Unification of Predynastic Egypt
Diana Millar
Over a period of 300 years, southern kings in the Nile Valley gradually took over Lower Egypt so they could rule the whole of Egypt.

Teaching ideas
Imperial Power Dialogues in Melbourne’s Streets
Monique Webber
The location of significant public facilities in Melbourne’s ‘Hoddle Grid’ deliberately imposes representations of colonial power from the Ancient Roman empire onto the lands of the Kulin Nations.
Teaching Difficult Histories: Approaches for the Classroom
Bill Lewis
The prospect of teaching contested colonial histories can be daunting, but a balance of teaching strategies and awareness of potential pitfalls can lead to some of the most stimulating moments in the classroom.
From Colony to Nation with the National Gallery of Victoria
Monique Nolan, Johanna Petkov and Leah Santilli
The National Gallery of Victoria has developed learning resources and programs that connect key historical events in Australian history with artworks, artefacts and cultural material.
Exploring Historical Thinking Concepts with Thanksgiving Feast
Christopher L. Hart
A Thanksgiving feast in the classroom is a memorable way for students to immerse themselves in the colonisation of North America by the Pilgrims.

Original research
The Naming of the Yarra River as an Act of Colonialism
Jack Norris
The naming of features within the Australian landscape is an act of colonial possession that has silenced and ignored Indigenous knowledge and presence within the Australian landscape.

Reviews available online

Into the Heart of Tasmania
By Rebe Taylor
Reviewed by Katrina Burge

Dinosaurs: How They Lived and Evolved
By Darren Naish and Paul M. Barrett
Reviewed by Catherine Jones, Strathmore Secondary College

Is Dark Emu Good History? Helping Students Investigate a Controversial Book on Australian Aboriginal History in the Classroom
By Robert Lewis
Reviewed by Dr Adrian Jones OAM (La Trobe University) and Dr Jo Clyne (HTAV)

The Lost Child of Chernobyl
By Helen Bate
Reviewed by Virginia Millard, Featherbrook P–9 College

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