A man of civic sentiment: The case of William Guthrie Spence

Bellanta, Melissa (2008) A man of civic sentiment: The case of William Guthrie Spence. Journal of Australian Studies, 32 1: 63-76. doi:10.1080/14443050801993826

Author Bellanta, Melissa
Title A man of civic sentiment: The case of William Guthrie Spence
Journal name Journal of Australian Studies   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1444-3058
Publication date 2008-03-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/14443050801993826
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 32
Issue 1
Start page 63
End page 76
Total pages 14
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
200205 Culture, Gender, Sexuality
950503 Understanding Australia's Past
950504 Understanding Europe's Past
2002 Cultural Studies
2103 Historical Studies
Abstract Gender historians of late nineteenth-century Australia have conventionally said a great deal about masculinity in the bush and inner-city bohemia. In both sites, we hear, a rugged 'mateship ethos' predominated, often identifying itself as working-class. But not all historians have restricted themselves to this mateship ethos: witness recent work by Marilyn Lake and Martin Crotty, both of which explore the ideal of manliness to be found in progressive institutions at the end of the century, or in middle-class suburbs and schools. In this paper, I contribute to this rising interest in Australian manliness, but shift the focus to the provincial town - particularly the Victorian goldfield towns. Using the labour leader William Guthrie Spence as a case-study, I show that provincial men from a middling social strata nurtured a distinctive gender ethos, perhaps best described as the manliness of civic sentiment. Highly devoted to civic service, sympathetic to the labour struggle, committed to family values and a sentimental style of address, this form of manliness played an important role in turn-of-the-twentieth century Australian politics and culture. It should thus figure more prominently in understandings of Australian manhood in this period.
Keyword Manliness
William Guthrie Spence
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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