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American cows in Antarctica: Richard Byrd's polar dairy as symbolic settler colonialism


Leane, E and Nielsen, HEF, American cows in Antarctica: Richard Byrd's polar dairy as symbolic settler colonialism, Journal of Colonialism & Colonial History, 18, (2) pp. 1-13. ISSN 1532-5768 (2017) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1353/cch.2017.0024


Few people are aware that dairy cows form part of Antarctic exploration history. Richard Byrd's second expedition of 1933–35 took with it three Guernseys, ostensibly to provide milk for the men. We outline the cows' Antarctica experience, discussing the way in which their celebrity benefited the expedition and its sponsors. Contextualizing the episode within the cultural history of milk in the US, we suggest some lenses through which the Guernseys can be read. These cows, we argue, enabled Byrd to enact a form of symbolic settler colonialism on the Antarctic continent.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:settler colonialism, Richard E. Byrd, Antarctica, cows, human-animal studies
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:History of empires, imperialism and colonialism
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding the past of the Americas
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
UTAS Author:Nielsen, HEF (Dr Hanne Nielsen)
ID Code:120527
Year Published:2017
Funding Support:Australian Research Council (FT120100402)
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2017-08-28
Last Modified:2018-05-07
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