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Benevolent Colonizers in Nineteenth-Century Australia

Quaker Lives and Ideals


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

  1. 1.Department of International HistoryTrier UniversityTrierGermany

About the authors

Eva Bischoff is Assistant Professor of International History at Trier University, Germany. Her research interests include Colonial and Imperial History, Postcolonial Studies, Settler Colonial Studies as well as Gender/Queer Studies. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Benevolent Colonizers in Nineteenth-Century Australia
  • Book Subtitle Quaker Lives and Ideals
  • Authors Eva Bischoff
  • Series Title Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
  • Series Abbreviated Title Cambridge Imperial and Post-Colonial Studies Series
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-32666-1
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-32669-2
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-32667-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVII, 404
  • Number of Illustrations 6 b/w illustrations, 17 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Imperialism and Colonialism
    Australasian History
    History of Religion
    Social History
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“Bischoff herself details the book's contributions to three academic fields, namely: settler colonial studies, the history of humanitarianism and genocide studies … . This monograph demonstrates a broad grasp of the subject matter and places a new light on the Quakers as well as underscoring the connection between humanitarianism and imperialism in the early 19th-century British world.” (Felicity Jensz, Anglistik, Vol. 32 (1), 2021)