Issue Details: First known date: 2015... 2015 [Review Essay] The Invincibles: New Norcia's Aboriginal Cricketers 1879-1906
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'In Australia the formation of a national cricket team acted as a popular exemplar of the nationbuilding project, a touchstone of an emergent national identity and an important precursor to the political establishment of a white nation. Reflecting the attitudes of a nation-state that viewed membership of the white race and cultural adherence to British standards of civilisation as mandatory to national belonging, it is unsurprising that in the twentieth century the Australian cricket team also came to represent itself as the exclusive domain of white men. Popular narratives that mythologised Australian cricket celebrated matches against England as ‘Tests’ of white Australian masculinity. Cricketing victories against England were seen as indicative of the physical and moral superiority of the British race in Australia measured against those born in the mother country. No player publicly known to be Aboriginal has ever been selected to represent Australia in Test Match cricket, a fact that demonstrates the enduring strength of the historic relationship between Australian cricket and white nationalist sentiment.' (Introduction)

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    y Australian Aboriginal Studies no. 1 June 2015 9041959 2015 periodical issue

    'Welcome to the first edition of Australian Aboriginal Studies for 2015. A new year has brought with it some changes to the journal, with the departure of Jakelin Troy, who has been the Editor for the past three years, and her Assistant Editor, Sally McNicol. To begin, we acknowledge the excellent work of both women. Jaky, who had a long association with AIATSIS in many guises, including most recently as a Director of Research, was the first Aboriginal woman to be general editor of Australian Aboriginal Studies. Readers who are aware of the work and dedication required to publish a journal of this quality will understand the debt we owe Jaky and Sally. We thank them for their work on this and earlier editions.'   (Editorial introduction)

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