Jewel of the Pacific and planter's paradise: The visual argument for Australian sub-imperialism in the Solomon Islands

Quanchi, Max (2004) Jewel of the Pacific and planter's paradise: The visual argument for Australian sub-imperialism in the Solomon Islands. Journal of Pacific History, 39(1), pp. 43-58.

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A 10-week series with 60 photographs on the Solomon Islands was not unusual in illustrated newspapers and magazines in the early 20th century, and The Queenslander was maintaining a pattern of photographic imaging of sub-empire going back to the 1890s, concentrating on possible post-war colonial realignments, appropriateness of British policy and the economic and political roles Australians would adopt if a formal relationship existed with the Solomon Islands. In calling for a greater presence in 1917-18, The Queenslander was supported by expansionists, missions and traders, shipping companies and readers with personal links through work, investment, friends or missions. This essay acknowledges the role of photography in Australian relations with the Pacific, its role in shaping public opinion, and the access it offers to the history of Australia's diverse regional links and particularly its thwarted claims for a closer relationship with the Solomons, depicted optimistically as a planter's paradise and a potential addition to an Australian sub-empire.

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ID Code: 10154
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1080/00223340410001684840
ISSN: 1469-9605
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > QUT Carseldine - Humanities & Human Services
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in Journal of Pacific History 39(1):pp. 43-58.
Deposited On: 15 Oct 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:05

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