p. 11. The making of Australia
- Kenneth Morgan
‘The making of Australia’ looks at the country's unique environment, its millennia-long Aboriginal history, and white settler history. Australia's geography, climate, flora, fauna, and indigenous wildlife have contributed to Australia's present-day socioeconomic environment. The discovery of Australia by Europeans is covered but the foundation of Australia as a British colony is the central focus. What place do convict myths and realities have in Australia? What effect did settler society have on the landscape and on the indigenous population of the continent? How did Federation (in 1901) effect Australian nationalism? The origins of the White Australia Policy are put into context and Aboriginal responses to modern-day Australia's policy of multiculturalism are discussed.