The Australian colonies were much more of an ethnic mix in the middle of the last century than is nowadays imagined. In 1861 one Victorian in ten was Chinese. Germans were everywhere, not just in the Barossa: 10,000 also lived in Victoria. The folk memory of such groups was not continuous enough to preserve a sense of their collective heritage. Few material traces remain: overgrown tombstones, fad ... (read more)
Robert Pascoe is Dean Laureate and Professor of History at Victoria University, Melbourne, where he has taught since 1984. He has published widely on Australian history, tertiary education and World History.
Robert Pascoe reviews 'The Oxford History of Australia, Volume 4: The Succeeding Age' by Stuart Macintyre
February–March 1987, no. 88 • 01 February 1987
The appearance of a volume in the Oxford History of Australia would be an important event in its own right, but coming on the eve of the Bicentennial flood of historical publications it assumes special significance. The publishers and the general editor of the series had hoped to launch all five volumes in the series well before the market is awash with books, but this plan might now be shipwrecke ... (read more)