Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. 2-7

Contents

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pp. vii-9

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgements

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pp. xi-xii

In 1983-4 the Literature Board of the Australia Council awarded me a three month living and travelling grant: at a time when the book's development was both financially and conceptually uncertain, this meant a great deal. I am also grateful to the former editor...

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Introduction: A Cake of Portable Soup

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pp. xiii-29

No sign of life on the shore this morning. From the bridge the glass picks out nothing. No wordless mime of figures crouched on their haunches; no Indians, more unaccountably still, pursue their way ... in all appearance intirely unmov'd by the neighbourhood of so remarkable...

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1 An Outline of Names

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pp. 1-33

Casting a jaundiced eye over burgeoning preparations for Australia's bi-centenary, a weekend columnist of the Melbourne newspaper The Age reported not so long ago a plan to replace all Cook's Australian place names with others more congenial to ordinary Australians. It is a measure of Cook's ambiguous role in Australian history that one...

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2 An Airy Barrier

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pp. 34-68

Almost the greatest barrier to Australia's spatial history is the date 1788. On the one side, anterior to and beyond the limits of Australian 'history', lies a hazy geo-historical tradition of surmise, a blank sea scored at intervals down the centuries by the prows of dug-outs...

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3 The Charm of Novelty

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pp. 69-98

The ambition to relate unrelated things, to bring distant things close, is, quite literally, the scope of Cook's or Mitchell's names; and it defines equally well the purpose of their journals as a •whole. Explorers who wrote up their journeys aimed to bring the country before their readers' eyes. The logic they used to discover the country did...

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4 Triangles of Life

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pp. 99-135

The ambition to relate unrelated things, to bring distant things close, is, quite literally, the scope of Cook's or Mitchell's names; and it defines equally well the purpose of their journals as a •whole. Explorers who wrote up their journeys aimed to bring the country before their readers' eyes. The logic they used to discover the country did...

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5 Debatable Land

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pp. 136-171

East of Melbourne and north of Westernport Bay, there is an area that early maps showing aboriginal tribal divisions describe as 'Debatable Land'. It was land that no one laid claim to, or it was land whose ownership was disputed. Either way, it "was land that had not been settled. Whether the Aborigines saw it in this light is extremely...

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6 A Thorny Passage

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pp. 172-201

Going and coming back are by no means the same thing. The mileage may be the same and, to judge from the map, the route identical. But, to the traveller on the road, the difference is obvious. Retracing his steps, he now faces the country which, on the outward journey, was always behind him. Instead of spreading out, it converges. In this sense, he once again enters a new country. But...

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7 Elysiums for Gentlemen

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pp. 202-229

One result of Flinders's Spencer Gulf survey was that he became a founding father. A little over thirty years after his passage Edward Wakefield formed in London the South Australian Land Company. Its object was to initiate a grand experiment in the art of colonization and for the formation of a community among which industry would be wholly unfettered...

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8 A More Pleasing Prospect

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pp. 230-260

About the time Cook returned from his Endeavour voyage, a poet or poetaster from my home town wrote a poem called 'Faringdon Hill'. From its modest heights, Henry James Pye, local squire and, later, Poet Laureate, surveyed the 'various objects scatter'd....

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9 Intimate Charm

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pp. 261-292

The candle flame, the light at the window, the glow of an inviting interior: these are not only the memorable images of home in European fiction. They were, in nineteenth-century Australia, visions representing familiar spatial experiences. Both the traveller and the settler recognized in them the essence of what they meant by...

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10 The Road to Botany Bay

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pp. 293-319

The place in which a pioneer like Caleb Burchett lived was not there in advance of him. His living space was the offspring of his intent to settle. His ability to interpret symbolically the language of longitude and latitude enabled him by 'looking at the survey map' to select a piece of land. But this limited blankness was still a potential...

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11 A Wandering State

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pp. 320-352

The road to Botany Bay leads back not only to the world of the convicts but also to Australia's earlier inhabitants, the Aborigines. It does this quite literally in the sense that, if the escaping convicts did take a 'road' of any description, it must have been an aboriginal track. Botany Bay was apparently an aboriginal meeting place...

Images

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pp. 382-413

Notes

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pp. 353-376

Index

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pp. 377-445

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About the Author

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pp. 446-446

He is an interdisciplinary scholar in the Faculty of Architecture,as creative director of Material Thinking, a research and design...