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Red Coat Dreaming: How Colonial Australia Embraced the British Army Craig Wilcox

Red Coat Dreaming: How Colonial Australia Embraced the British Army

Craig Wilcox

Published September 1st 2009
ISBN : 9780521193603
Hardcover
179 pages
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In Red Coat Dreaming art, artefacts and life stories combine to evoke a period when the British Army was also Australias army. From the first British settlement to the First World War, some Australians were indifferent to and even disdainful of theMoreIn Red Coat Dreaming art, artefacts and life stories combine to evoke a period when the British Army was also Australias army. From the first British settlement to the First World War, some Australians were indifferent to and even disdainful of the military force that fomented the Rum Rebellion and shot down gold miners at Eureka. Yet many were proud of the British Armys achievements on battlefields far from Australia. Hundreds of Australians enlisted in the army or married its officers and rankers- thousands had served in it before settling in Australia, and hundreds of thousands barracked when the army went to war. Red Coat Dreaming challenges our understanding of Australias military history and the primacy of the Anzac legend. It shows how few Australians were immune to the allure and historic associations of the red coat, the British Armys sartorial signature, and leaves readers thinking differently about Australias identity and experience of war.