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Author Allbrook, Malcolm, author.

Title Henry Prinsep's empire : framing a distant colony / Malcolm Allbrook
Published Canberra, ACT, Australia : Australian National University Press, [2014]


Description 1 online resource (343 pages) : illustrations (some colour), 1 colour map, portraits (some colour)
Series PANDORA electronic collection
Contents Biographical sketches of the family of Henry Charles Prinsep (1844-1922) -- Introduction : an imperial man and his archive -- Images of an imperial family -- An Anglo-Indian community in Britain -- Indian Ocean connections -- Meeting Aboriginal people -- 'Stationed by not sedentary' -- 'Received into the very best society' -- Chief Protector of Aborigines -- 'Move slowly in a difficult manner' -- A 'southern home'
Summary Henry Prinsep is known as Western Australia's first Chief Protector of Aborigines in the colonial government of Sir John Forrest, a period which saw the introduction of oppressive laws that dominated the lives of Aboriginal people for most of the twentieth century. But he was also an artist, horse-trader, member of a prominent East India Company family, and everyday citizen, whose identity was formed during his colonial upbringing in India and England. As a creator of Imperial culture, he supported the great men and women of history while he painted, wrote about and photographed the scenes around him. In terms of naked power he was a middle man, perhaps even a small man. His empire is an intensely personal place, a vast network of family and friends from every quarter of the British imperial world, engaged in the common tasks of making a home and a career, while framing new identities, new imaginings and new relationships with each other, Indigenous peoples and fellow colonists. This book traces Henry Prinsep's life from India to Western Australia and shows how these texts and images illuminate not only Prinsep the man, but the affectionate bonds that endured despite the geographic bounds of empire, and the historical, social, geographic and economic origins of Aboriginal and colonial relationships which are important to this day
Analysis Australian
Notes Title from screen (viewed on 20 October 2014)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Mode of access: Available online. Address as at 20/10/14: ANL
Selected for archiving ANL
SUBJECT Prinsep, Henry Charles, 1844-1922.
Prinsep, Henry Charles, 1844-1922 fast
Subject East India Company.
SUBJECT East India Company fast
Subject Artists -- Australia -- Western Australia -- Biography
Civil service -- Officials and employees -- Biography
History -- Australia & New Zealand.
Civil service -- Officials and employees
Manners and customs
SUBJECT Western Australia -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
India -- Social life and customs -- 19th century
Subject India
Western Australia
Genre/Form Biographies
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781925021615