Book Chapter

The transnational kangaroo hunt

Kenneth Gelder, Rachael Weaver

Worlding the South: Nineteenth-century literary culture and the southern settler colonies | Manchester University Press | Published : 2021


This chapter looks at the earliest stages in the transnationalisation of the kangaroo and the kangaroo hunt, turning to an English narrative from 1830 in which a exported kangaroo speaks ‘in as good English as if it had been brought up in this country’ – to talk about his life at Windsor Park, Regent’s Park Zoo, and George Wombwell’s travelling menagerie. The kangaroo hunt itself was part of a global narrative to do with travel, adventure and hunting as a rite of passage for young men in particular. The paper looks at Sarah Bowdith Lee’s 1850s hunting novels, as well as Emilia Marrayat Norris’s Jack Stanley (1874; 1882); it discusses some travellers (Count Ludovic de Beauvoir, Augustus Earle..

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