Journal article

"English Institutions and the Irish Race": Race and Politics in Late Nineteenth-Century Australia

Dianne Hall, Elizabeth Malcolm

AUSTRALIAN JOURNAL OF POLITICS AND HISTORY | WILEY | Published : 2016

Abstract

During the 1880s there was fierce debate in colonial Australia and throughout the English-speaking world about the functioning of increasingly democratic societies and especially who, in terms of race, class and gender, was qualified to participate in the political process. In this formative period of what later became known as the "White Australia policy", minorities were under intense scrutiny and, within the settler population, the Catholic Irish were the most numerous minority. This paper discusses two controversial and widely-reported 1881 articles by Melbourne writer, A.M. Topp. He argued strongly that the Celtic Irish were actually an "alien" race, fundamentally antithetical to Englis..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the Australian Research Council for funding the research upon which this article is based.