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Subversive jewellery : challenges to conservative power from the Victorian goldfields

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posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Linda YoungLinda Young
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.

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Volume

7

Issue

1

Pagination

1 - 13

Publisher

National Museum of Australia

Location

Canberra, A.C.T.

ISSN

1833-1335

eISSN

1833-4946

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

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2012, National Museum of Australia

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