The University of Tasmania is committed to teaching units which explore both Tasmania's indigenous past and its richly textured colonial terrain. A list of subject units which will be available in 2001 will be published on this page early in the new year. In the mean time you may like to browse some past events.

Colonial eyes 
Boyes Sketchbook, 1825 

The Colonial Eye 
was an Interdisciplinary Conference held at The University of Tasmania from
3-6 February 1999. Questions such as these were asked: Whose are these colonial eyes? What did they see? And as we gaze at them, how do meanings emerge?

The conference incorporated a day among the convict traces at Port Arthur, focused on colonial Australia but also included papers from scholars working in colonial studies in areas including anthropology, archaeology, art, cultural studies, cultural tourism, English and literary studies, environmental studies, family history, history, and museum studies.



Settlers and Convicts was taught through the School of English and European Languages and Literatures in 1998. The unit examined the textual construction of 'Australia' in the nineteenth-century. It looked at figures whose stories were being gathered into a collective narrative of national identity; asked how and why the interests served by the figures have changed during the period since European settlement; and considered what happened to the representations of those figures (including the indigenous people, women, the Chinese and other non-English settlers) who did not play central roles in the project of creating a definable 'Australian' identity. Follow the links below to find online resources relating to the following texts:

Barbara Baynton, Bush Studies

Marcus Clarke, For the Term of his Natural Life

Lucy Frost, No Place for a Nervous Lady

Henry Lawson, The Penguin Henry Lawson: Short Stories

A unit reader which was available through the University Bookstore included extracts from poetic and journalistic accounts about the bushranger Dan Morgan, and similar supplementary material. You may like to link through to an image of "Morgan, the bushranger"* by the engraver Samuel Calvert and/or "Morgan sticking up the navvies, burning their tents, and shooting the chinaman"* (a wood-engraving by Robert Stewart) both of which are held online by the State Library of Victoria's Picture Collection. Stewart's wood-engraving relates to an incident involving Daniel Morgan and Chinese in Kyamba, New South Wales in around 1830-1865. The wood engraving was published in The illustrated Melbourne post. USE YOUR BROWSER'S BACK BUTTON TO RETURN TO THIS SITE.
If you wish to SEARCH the State Library of Victoria's Picture Collection, follow this link* and select the Multimedia Catalogue.


Barbara Baynton, Bush Studies

JOURNAL ARTICLES (where online articles are not entirely about Baynton, use the "find" facility on your browser to find the term "Baynton").


Check out Allen and Unwin's Gender Studies site

"Barbara Baynton: An Australian Jocasta." Westerly, No. 4 (December, 1989), pp. 114-124.



Women and the Bush: Forces of Desire and the Australian Cultural Tradition. Sydney, New York and London: Cambridge University Press, 1988, 229 pp.

with Kate Darian-Smith and Roslyn Poignant, Captured Lives: Australian Captivity Narratives, London: University of London, 1994, 57 pp.

Chapters in books:

'The Bush and Women' in Studying Australian Culture: An Introduction. Ed. by Graeme Turner and Franz Kuna. Munich, Germany: Kovacs Press, forthcoming [Reprint of previously published chapter in Women and the Bush].

'Barbara Baynton: Woman as "The Chosen Vessel" ', Twentieth Century Literary Criticism. New York: Gale Research, 1995.

'Colonizing Gender in Colonial Australia: The Eliza Fraser Story' in Writing Women and Space. Ed. by Gillian Rose and Alison Blunt. New York: Guilford Press, 1994, pp. 101-120.

'Henry Lawson, The Drover's Wife and the Critics', in Debutante Nation: Feminism Contests the 1890s. Ed. by Susan Magarey, Sue Rowley and Susan Sheridan. Sydney: Allen and Unwin, 1993, pp. 199-210.


Along the Faultlines: Sex, Race and Nation in Australian Women's Writing. Allen and Unwin, 1995.

On a less serious note ...

Australia Reading List -- Check out how Australia is represented at The University of Mannheim in Germany!

Marcus Clarke, For the Term of his Natural Life


On a less serious note:

Journal Articles

Lucy Frost, No Place for a Nervous Lady

Annie Baxter Daubin

Australian Academy of the Humanities - Academy Editions of Australian Literature -- Details of the Academy Editions of Australian Literature published by the Australian Academy of the Humanities

A brief review of Journal of Annie Baxter Dawbin - Journal 1858-1868. Annie Baxter Dawbin (1816-1905) edited by Lucy Frost

Henry Lawson, The Penguin Henry Lawson: Short Stories



Australian Humanities Review has many online articles and excellent links.

In Australian Humanities Review, see: