The Royal Navy in Indigenous Australia, 1795–1855

Maritime Encounters and British Museum Collections
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This book offers the first in-depth enquiry into the origins of 135 Indigenous Australian objects acquired by the Royal Navy between 1795 and 1855 and held now by the British Museum. In response to increasing calls for the ‘decolonisation’ of museums and the restitution of ethnographic collections, the book seeks to return knowledge of the moments, methods, and motivations whereby Indigenous Australian objects were first collected and sent to Britain. By structuring its discussion in terms of three key ‘stages’ of a typical naval voyage to Australia—departure from British shores, arrival on the continent’s coasts, and eventual return to port—the book offers a nuanced and multifaceted understanding of the pathways followed by these 135 objects into the British Museum. The book offers important new understandings of Indigenous Australian peoples’ reactions to naval visitors, and contains a wealth of original research on the provenance and meaning of some of the world’s oldest extant Indigenous Australian object collections.

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ReihePalgrave Studies in Pacific History
ISBN 9783030600990
Sprache Englisch
Ausgabe 1st ed. 2020
Erscheinungsdatum 13.01.2022
Umfang 305 Seiten
Genre Geschichte/Regionalgeschichte, Ländergeschichte
Format Taschenbuch
Verlag Springer International Publishing
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