Issue 19 September 2000

Editor: Elizabeth McMahon

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Dorothy Johnston discusses her sequel to The Trojan Dogin Cyberspace and Canberra Crime Fiction.


In Paradox on the Queensland Frontier, Libby Robin uses the famous ‘discovery’ of the egg-laying habits of platypus to look at some cross-cultural dimensions of science in nineteenth century Australia. The ‘accidental’ nature of scientific discovery unfolds in country chosen not for platypus, but for lungfish. Settler naturalists found themselves excluded from a science dependent upon an unlikely juxtaposition of European patronage and Aboriginal ecological knowledge.

and Beth Spencer ponders John Howard’s reluctance to say Those two little words.


Ken Gelder reviews Peter Read’s latest book in The Imaginary Eco-(Pre-)Historian: Peter Read’s Belongingas a Postcolonial ‘Symptom’.

And for those who were bitten by Olympics fever, have a look at:

Suzanne Kiernan’s 1997 essay: “Animadversions: On the Cultural Olympics” which explores the origins of cultural olympics, contrasting their impetus with that of Sydney’s proposed [in 1997] Olympic Arts Festival”,


Philip Batty’s “Saluting the dot-spangled banner: Aboriginal Culture, National Identity and the Australian Republic” which looks at the appropriation of Aboriginal tropes in representations of Australian identity, particularly in the promotion of the Sydney 2000 Olympics. This essay was published by AHR in 1998.

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