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Popular imperialism, Scottish identity, and William Wallace in an Australian colonial city

Wilkie, Benjamin 2015, Popular imperialism, Scottish identity, and William Wallace in an Australian colonial city, Études écossaises, no. 17, pp. 135-152.

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Title Popular imperialism, Scottish identity, and William Wallace in an Australian colonial city
Translated title L’impérialisme populaire et l’identité écossaise : William Wallace dans une ville coloniale d’Australie
Author(s) Wilkie, Benjamin
Journal name Études écossaises
Issue number 17
Start page 135
End page 152
Total pages 18
Publisher G.D.R. Etudes écossaises, Université Stendhal Grenoble
Place of publication Grenoble, France
Publication date 2015-03-31
ISSN 1240-1439
1969-6337
Keyword(s) William Wallace
popular imperialism
culture
identity
British Empire
Ballarat
monuments
Australia
Summary The narrative of William Wallace holds a prominent position in the current conception of England as a negative referent for Scotland’s national identity—its binary “Other”, against which Wallace valiantly fought. This article considers a contrasting understanding of Scottish national identity from the late-nineteenth century, and explores the events surrounding the unveiling of a statue of William Wallace in Australia during the year of 1889. It illuminates how settlers interpreted this national hero in such a way that demonstrated loyalty to the Union and Empire, and accommodated a convergence of English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh migrants in a British colonial city. The article highlights how statues, the ceremonies surrounding them, and their public reception help us to investigate the symbolic, ritualistic, and performative dimensions of identity formulation. It considers how public monuments, providing a sense of authority to particular groups, can marginalise others by acting to settle cultural competition, and will reflect on competing interpretations of the statue at its unveiling.
Language eng
Field of Research 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
210305 British History
Socio Economic Objective 950503 Understanding Australia's Past
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Études écossaises
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