Material Culture and Consumer Society

Dependent Colonies in Colonial Australia

  • Mark Staniforth

Part of the The Plenum Series in Underwater Archaeology book series (SSUA)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
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  8. Back Matter
    Pages 159-185

About this book


The establishment of a consumer society in Australia has not been a particularly well explored area of academic inquiry. My interests lie in the concepts and meanings that underlie the material world; ideas like, in the words of Madonna, "I am a material girl and I live in a material world" (terminology taken to be not gender specific), the classic graffiti paraphrasing of Descartes: I shop therefore I am or perhaps simply in the "world of goods" in the more academically respectable terms of Douglas and Isherwood (1979). This book arises out of my longstanding interest in the early colonial period in Australia. In part it represents an extension of the purely "historical" research conducted for my Master's thesis in the Department of History at the University of Sydney which explored aspects of the diet, health and lived experience of con­ victs and immigrants during their voyages to the Australian colonies within the timeframe 1837 to 1839 (Staniforth, 1993a). More importantly, it is the culmina­ tion of more than twenty-five years involvement in the excavation of shipwreck sites in Australia starting with James Matthews (1841) in 1974, through the test excavation of William Salthouse in 1982, continuing with my involvement between 1985 and 1994 in the excavation of Sydney Cove (1797) and most recently with shore-based whaling stations and whaling shipwreck sites. In this respect, this book may be seen as an example of what Ian Hodder (1986, p.


Colonial Period Colonialism Colonization capitalism consumption cultural heritage managers dependent colonies material culture material goods social relations

Authors and affiliations

  • Mark Staniforth
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  1. 1.Flinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers, New York 2003
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4613-4967-9
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0211-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1566-7758
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