Preserving the traditions of a 'great race': Youth and national character in Queensland, 1859-1918.
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Extract: In 1915, the Brisbane Courier declared that in order 'to make the growing race worthy of its heritage' it was crucial to ensure 'that the children are learning the same worthy lessons, [and] are kept in an environment where the soul can expand so that the traditions of a great race may be preserved mentally, morally and physically.' (1) This quote encapsulates the way that childhood was seen in Queensland from 1859 to 1918. During this period, as the state developed and prospered, younger white Queenslanders were consistently portrayed as vital to the future not only of the region, but of the race. An examination of public discussions of youth and national character in ...
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