Sinabada or misis : the experiences of expatriate women in colonial Papua and New Guinea, 1872 to 1942

Keays, Susan C. (1995). Sinabada or misis : the experiences of expatriate women in colonial Papua and New Guinea, 1872 to 1942 PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Keays, Susan C.
Thesis Title Sinabada or misis : the experiences of expatriate women in colonial Papua and New Guinea, 1872 to 1942
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1995
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Marion Diamond
Total pages 1 v.
Language eng
Subjects 430103 History - Pacific
Formatted abstract
This study explores aspects of the lives of expatriate women who lived in colonial Papua or New Guinea from earliest foreign settlement in 1872 until the Japanese invasion in early 1942. It considers their reasons for immigrating, their attitudes towards the country and its people, their occupations and the colonial lifestyle, and the inherent problems of living in a country which in many ways was unsuited to white settlement. Although the thesis deals primarily with immigrant women, it has two agendas: expatriate women and the colonial history of contemporary Papua New Guinea. Both are intertwined in the one discourse. It seeks to answer the questions: how restrictive was gender in shaping women's experiences in a colonial situation; and secondly how important was the uniqueness of the specific Papua New Guinea environment in shaping their expectations of that experience and the outcomes? The small size of the immigrant community during these years, its geographic spread, and often short periods of effective 'contact' made for a range of personal responses rather than uniform patterns of behaviour. The information presented in this study provides a dossier which can be compared with the widespread general stereotypes of colonial women or, more pertinently, can be compared with the lives of men to determine the place of gender in colonial experience.
Keyword Women immigrants -- Papua New Guinea -- History
Papua New Guinea -- Emigration and immigration

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