Caboonbah Homestead 'Big Rock' or 'Little Britain': A study of Britishness in late 19th and early 20th century rural Queensland

Terry, Linda and Prangnell, Jonathan (2009) Caboonbah Homestead 'Big Rock' or 'Little Britain': A study of Britishness in late 19th and early 20th century rural Queensland. Australasian Historical Archaeology, 27 99-110.

Author Terry, Linda
Prangnell, Jonathan
Title Caboonbah Homestead 'Big Rock' or 'Little Britain': A study of Britishness in late 19th and early 20th century rural Queensland
Journal name Australasian Historical Archaeology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1322-9214
Publication date 2009
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 27
Start page 99
End page 110
Total pages 12
Editor Mary Casey
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher The Australasian Society for Historical Archaeology
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
210108 Historical Archaeology (incl. Industrial Archaeology)
Abstract The recognition of ethnicity in the archaeological record is a complex phenomenon. Traditionally, ethnic groups are viewed as bounded, homogenous entities with ethnic labels assigned to associated material culture. In this paper we depart from traditional practice. The study of the ethnic identity of Britishness is situated within the framework of a comparative theory of ethnicity that examines the relationship of ethnicity and culture through the use of Bourdieu's concept of habitus. Britishness is a diverse, fluid and mobile ethnic identity, applied during the nineteenth century to subjects of the British monarchy both 'at home' and throughout the British Empire. Using the multidisciplinary approach of historical archaeology, we examine the Britishness of the family of Henry and Katharine Somerset at Caboonbah Homestead in the Brisbane Valley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The use of this case study establishes that the ethnic construction of Britishness in rural Queensland was as much a product of the colonial experience as it was of the British homeland and demonstrates that the Somerset family was able to accommodate both the competing and complementary ethnicities of simultaneously being British and colonial.
Keyword Caboonbah Homestead
Little Britain
Big Rock
rural Queensland
Late 19th century
Britishness
Ethnic identity
British Empire
History
Archaeology
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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