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"Behold, there is a New Man born!": Understanding the Short-lived Optimism about Australia's First Generation of "Native-born" White Men

Downing, Karen


Contemporary accounts of the first generation of white men born in Australia seemed to describe them as physically superior to their British counterparts. Social and economic historians provide evidence that they were indeed taller and explain the phenomenon in terms of diet and living standards. This article suggests that contemporary observations also reflected the eighteenth-century British concerns that "civilized" life in Britain threatened the essential nature of men. Popular medical...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Men and Masculinities
DOI: 10.1177/1097184X14532472


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