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The Empire’s Patriotic Fund

Public Benevolence and the Boer War in an Australian Colony

Authors: McQuilton, John

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  • Assesses the Empire’s Patriotic Fund, set up in 1901 to meet the needs of dependants and men invalided in Australia during the Boer War
  • Offers the first comprehensive analysis of an Australian fund established to support those affected by a sustained war being fought for Empire by Australians
  • Examines applications to the Empire's Patriotic Fund to provide insight into how concepts of class and gender informed early twentieth-century social welfare
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This book examines the Empire’s Patriotic Fund, established in Victoria, Australia, in 1901 to assist the dependants of the men serving in the Boer War and the men invalided home because of wounds or illness. Acting as an autonomous body and drawing on funds raised through a public appeal, its work marked one of the first attempts in Australia to deal with the consequences of Australian participation in a sustained war. This is the first full study of an Australian fund established to support those affected by a sustained war being fought for Empire by Australians. Rather than casting those affected by war as victims, John McQuilton examines how a body of middle class men attempted to come to grips with an experience that lay outside prevailing notions of social welfare. Based on applications submitted to the Empire’s Patriotic Fund where both class and gender played their roles, this book opens up further study of such funds and the question of antecedents in the history of repatriation in Australia in the early twentieth century. 

About the authors

John McQuilton is Associate Professor and Principal Honorary Fellow in History at the University of Wollongong, Australia. His most recent book, Australia’s Communities and the Boer War (Palgrave, 2016), examined the impact of the Boer War on a regional community.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Hardcover £49.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-61826-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover £49.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-87172-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Empire’s Patriotic Fund
Book Subtitle
Public Benevolence and the Boer War in an Australian Colony
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-61827-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-61827-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-61826-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87172-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 131
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