Introduction: What Became of Australia's Empire?

Deryck M. Schreuder*, Stuart Ward

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingForeword/postscript/introductionpeer-review


This introductory chapter explains the coverage of this book, which is about the Australian experience of empire. It aims to show how Australia's empire was as much the project of the colony as of the metropole, as much the product of the Australian imagination as of the British Colonial Office. This book examines Australia's own imperial inheritance. It explores the saga of British explorer Captain James Cook, the meaning and practice of the conquest of Australia and the way by which rural Australia became tied to the Empire. It also discusses the contact and accommodation between the aborigines and the colonisers and the central issue of governance and the formation of the Australian State.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia's Empire
EditorsDeryck M. Schreuder, Stuart Ward
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9780191701894
ISBN (Print)9780199563739, 019956373X
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Aborigines
  • Australia
  • British colony
  • Colonial history
  • Empire
  • Governance
  • Imperial inheritance


Dive into the research topics of 'Introduction: What Became of Australia's Empire?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.
  • Australia's Empire

    Schreuder, D. M. (ed.) & Ward, S. (ed.), 2008, Oxford: Oxford University Press. 440 p. (Oxford History of the British Empire Companion Series)

    Research output: Book/ReportEdited Book/Anthologypeer-review

    31 Citations (Scopus)

Cite this