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The white man's looking glass: Aboriginal-colonial gender relations at Port Jackson

McGrath, Ann

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In January 1788, Governor Arthur Phillip presented a looking glass to an unidentified Aboriginal man at Botany .Bay. To the Aborigine. the gift-giver. covered in plumes as elaborate and bright as a bird's, offered a much stranger image than his own reflection. Half cockatoo, perhaps, but was it woman or man? The Aborigine's trembling confusion created a cross-cultural mirror for Lieutenant King, who realised that their clothed bodies must have appeared 'ridiculous'. British men suf£ered...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 1990-10
Type: Journal article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1885/13326
Source: Australian Historical Studies
DOI: 10.1080/10314619008595841

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