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Australia’s Southern Empire: How Antarctica was made Australian

How did Australia lay claim to 5.8 million square kilometres of its largely forgotten southern neighbour, Antarctica?

Rohan Howitt will trace the origins of the Australian Antarctic Territory to the 1830s, examining contemporary newspapers, government and diplomatic sources, commercial records, and popular culture, to reconstruct the relationship between Australia and Antarctica. Howitt will demonstrate how the

acquisition of an Antarctic territory was the culmination of nearly a century of Australian fascination with Antarctica, and that this fascination was driven as much by ordinary people as by politicians and explorers.

Rohan Howitt is a PhD student in the Department of History at the University of Sydney. His PhD thesis, ‘Australia, Antarctica, and the Logics of State Formation, 1839-1933’, examines Australia’s political, scientific, economic and cultural engagement with Antarctica. Howitt explores the idea that Australia sought to consolidate its position as a new nation by expanding its territory to include large swathes of Antarctica and various islands in the Southern, Indian, and Pacific Oceans, through a process of ‘small state imperialism’.

Proudly presented as part of the History Council of NSW’s Speaker Connect program for History Week 2016.

When: September 11, 2016, 2pm

Where: The Old Kirk, Yamba Museum River Street (Next door to the Yamba Golf Club)
Hosted by: Port of Yamba Historical Society

Cost: Free

Bookings: For Catering Phone Yamba Museum 6646 1399

Contact: email [email protected]

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