This thesis examines the racist components and foundations of the nationalism of one journal of the 1890's - The Bulletin. This journal has been evidenced by historians as being one of the major contributors to the nationalist movements of the 1890s. The Bulletin's slogan of "Australia for the Australians" was the catchcry of this Australian nationalism. This maxim was initially used by the journal in 1887, the year in which this thesis commences. The thesis goes on to cover the decade of the 1890s, and concludes with Australian Federation in 1901.
It must be stated at the outset that this thesis is not a literary analysis of The Bulletin, as might be presumed by the use of this source. Nor is it an analysis of the linkages between race and gender in the journal. Both of these would be adequate areas of research, but this thesis is specifically looking at the political philosophies of The Bulletin, and the way in which its peculiar brand of nationalism was predicated on race.
One problem with this thesis relates to the language of The Bulletin which is uniformly racist and sexist. In most instances words like "Chinaman" and "nigger" have been placed in parentheses to indicate that they are as used by The Bulletin. Just as difficult to moderate is the sexism: referral is always made to white men and never white women. While efforts have been made to distance the language of the journal, it has been felt necessary to use The Bulletin's prose on occasions to give a truer feel to the ferocity of its statements.