Subversive jewellery : challenges to conservative power from the Victorian goldfields

Young, Linda 2012, Subversive jewellery : challenges to conservative power from the Victorian goldfields, ReCollections, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 1-13.

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Title Subversive jewellery : challenges to conservative power from the Victorian goldfields
Author(s) Young, Linda
Journal name ReCollections
Volume number 7
Issue number 1
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher National Museum of Australia
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1833-1335
Keyword(s) Australian jewellery
gold digger brooch
goldrush culture
social class
19th century
Summary  This paper analyses a small group of pieces of gold jewellery in order to explore the digger challenge to the colonial culture of conservative deference in 1850s gold rush Victoria. In spending on lavish gold ornaments, lucky diggers asserted the value of their hard, manual labour to subvert the hegemonic respectability of the colonial elite. The brooches offer evidence of values that informed the digger population in its transformation from optimistic transnational transients into civilians who originated the modern form of the Australian middle class.
Language eng
Field of Research 210204 Museum Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Grant ID DP1093001
Copyright notice ©2012, National Museum of Australia
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