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Eliza Batmanís house: unhomely frontiers and intimate Overstraiters in Van Diemenís Land and Port Phillip


Edmonds, P and Berry, M, Eliza Batman's house: unhomely frontiers and intimate Overstraiters in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Intimacies of violence in the settler colony: economies of dispossession around the Pacific Rim, Palgrave Macmillan, P Edmonds and A Nettlebeck (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 115-137. ISBN 978-3-319-76230-2 (2018) [Research Book Chapter]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-319-76231-9_6


This chapter examines the overstraiter household and large enterprise of Eliza and John Batman, and the intimate and violent entanglements with Aboriginal people across two colonial frontiers in Southeastern Australia ó Van Diemenís Land and Port Phillip. It considers the cross-cultural affective economy of the Batman household amid the daily economic workings of pastoralism and labour on the frontier. Mobilising ideas of the domestic and the Ďunhomelyí the chapter argues that intimate affective economies recast acts of aggression as acts of kindness, and dispersal of Aboriginal families as care. On these gendered and uncertain domestic borderlands extreme violence and forced intimacy forged new vectors of imperial power. Here, land, homes, and children were taken from Aboriginal people and prosaic, proximate, and often unhomely relationships were made through the affective redescriptions of family.

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Item Type:Research Book Chapter
Keywords:imperialism, colonialism, Eliza Batman, Tasmania, Port Phillip, Melbourne
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Understanding past societies
Objective Field:Understanding Europe's past
UTAS Author:Edmonds, P (Associate Professor Penny Edmonds)
UTAS Author:Berry, M (Ms Michelle Berry)
ID Code:126469
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Office of the School of Humanities
Deposited On:2018-06-13
Last Modified:2020-01-03

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