Reynolds, Henry: The fighting retreat of the Anglo-Australians

Henry Reynolds

The fighting retreat of the Anglo-Australians‘, Pearls and Irritations, 16 May 2018

Anglo-Australian atavism is at the root of the recent moves for an upgraded Captain Cook Memorial and related stuff, the defence of Australia Day, and the excessive emphasis on (essentially Imperial) military history at the expense of civilian achievements.

The Anglo-Australians seem oblivious to the profound problems of facing a rapidly changing world with an English aristocrat as head of state, a British colonial flag at our masthead and a massively funded campaign of public history which celebrates the battles we fought in support of a long-lost empire. And now we are to spend tens of millions of dollars commemorating the voyage of a British ship along our eastern coast 250 years ago.

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