Preserving the traditions of a 'great race': Youth and national character in Queensland, 1859-1918

Robinson, Shirleene and Wilson, Emily (2008) Preserving the traditions of a 'great race': Youth and national character in Queensland, 1859-1918. Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 94 2: 166-185.

Author Robinson, Shirleene
Wilson, Emily
Title Preserving the traditions of a 'great race': Youth and national character in Queensland, 1859-1918
Journal name Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0035-8762
1838-7381
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 94
Issue 2
Start page 166
End page 185
Total pages 20
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Royal Australian Historical Society
Language eng
Abstract n 1915, the Brisbane Courier declared that in order 'to make the growing race worthy of its heritage' it was crucial to ensure 'that the children are learning the same worthy lessons, [and] are kept in an environment where the soul can expand so that the traditions of a great race may be preserved mentally, morally and physically.' (1) This quote encapsulates the way that childhood was seen in Queensland from 1859 to 1918. During this period, as the state developed and prospered, younger white Queenslanders were consistently portrayed as vital to the future not only of the region, but of the race. An examination of public discussions of youth and national character in Queensland--in the press and in parliament--reveals a great deal about the aspirations, and anxieties, of the emerging state. [Article extract]
Q-Index Code C1
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