Gender and Sexuality

Angela Woollacott*

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterpeer-review


This chapter examines the distinctive attributes of colonial gender relations in Australia from the culture of frontier masculinities to the early successes of women's struggle for equal citizenship rights. The British colonisers brought new assumptions about gender identities in Australia and placed an idealized colonial manhood at one remove from its British origins. However, it was the same colonial ideas about masculine excess that helped to secure early achievements of an Australian feminism built on temperance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia's Empire
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780191701894
ISBN (Print)9780199563739
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2008


  • Colonial australia
  • Gender relations
  • Masculinities
  • Sexuality
  • Women's rights


Dive into the research topics of 'Gender and Sexuality'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this