Localising national identity : Albany's Anzacs

Mayes, Robyn (2003) Localising national identity : Albany's Anzacs. Journal of Australian Studies, 27(79), pp. 15-27.

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Abstract

Local representations of the significance of Albany, Western Australia, in the first world war and of the city's part in the birth of Anzac register substantial points of departure from national histories. While both the Anzac mythos and official renderings of Australia's wars are vigorously contested, Albany's reformulation offers a clear example of the ways in which communities actively inflect national narratives to create expressions of differentiated local identity. This article explores the relationship between the national and the local by focusing on the local narrative of the massing and departure of'The Great Anzac Convoy' in King George Sound in 1914. Particular attention is given to the way Albany has been able to appropriate and localise this event and the origins of Anzac, consequently promoting itself as an important element of the national identity, from which it nevertheless remains distinct. This localisation of an important element of national identity confers cultural standing and a potentially empowered position in relation to this national identity.

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ID Code: 70276
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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DOI: 10.1080/14443050309387884
ISSN: 1835-6419
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 16 Apr 2014 01:47
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 01:47

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