Angela Woollacott is the Manning Clark professor of history at the Australian National University. Her most recent book, Settler Society in the Australian Colonies: Self-Government and Imperial Culture (Oxford University Press, 2015), was shortlisted for the history book award in the 2015 Queensland Literary Awards. She is researching and writing a biography of Don Dunstan, supported by an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant.
Radical roots in Fiji
EssaySOUTH AUSTRALIA’S REPUTATION for progressive reform extends back to its origins in Edward Gibbon Wakefield’s scheme for imperial systematic colonisation. Wakefield’s grand plans, which inspired followers and shaped several colonies in Australasia, aimed to rid Australia of convict transportation...