Benevolent Colonizers in Nineteenth-Century Australia

Quaker Lives and Ideals

  • Eva Bischoff

Part of the Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series book series (CIPCSS)

About this book


This book reconstructs the history of a group of British Quaker families and their involvement in the process of settler colonialism in early nineteenth-century Australia. Their everyday actions contributed to the multiplicity of practices that displaced and annihilated Aboriginal communities. Simultaneously, early nineteenth-century Friends were members of a translocal, transatlantic community characterized by pacifism and an involvement in transnational humanitarian efforts, such as the abolitionist and the prison reform movements as well as the Aborigines Protection Society. Considering these ideals, how did Quakers negotiate the violence of the frontier? To answer this question, the book looks at Tasmanian and South Australian Quakers’ lives and experiences, their journeys and their writings. Building on recent scholarship on the entanglement between the local and the global, each chapter adopts a different historical perspective in terms of breadth and focused time period. The study combines these different takes to capture the complexities of this topic and era.


Religious Society of Friends Nineteenth century Indigenous population Settler colonialism Transnational humanitarianism Pacifism Tasmanian genocide British Empire Micro history Imperial invasion Convict history

Authors and affiliations

  • Eva Bischoff
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of International HistoryTrier UniversityTrierGermany

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  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-32666-1
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