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Visions of nature: territoriality and landscape photography in three settler sites, 1848-1900

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posted on 2022-03-28, 11:57 authored by Jarrod R. Hore
Ancestral Ties, Visions of Nature and Settler Territoriality. In May 2017 the Australian Referendum Council convened a meeting at Uluru in Central Australia of over two hundred and fifty Indigenous leaders to discuss constitutional reform to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. After four days of discussion the delegates resolved to call for the establishment of a “First Nations Voice” in the Australian Constitution and a “Makarrata Commission” to pursue reconciliation. These resolutions were detailed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a one-page declaration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history and sovereignty that pleaded for “substantive constitutional change” and “structural reform.” The Statement pivoted on notions of ownership and belonging. It insisted on the link between Indigeneity, spirituality, and territory. The statement detailed the “ancestral tie” that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples share with “the land, or 'mother nature'” and maintained that those “peoples who were born therefrom” and “remain attached thereto” must “one day return thither to be united with our ancestors.” This sovereign link, argued the convention, “has never been ceded or extinguished, and co-exists with the sovereignty of the Crown.” In a tradition well established in Australian and settler colonial politics, the calls of the convention were sadly, and predictably, rejected by the Commonwealth government in October of 2017. In light of this “betrayal,” two powerful questions within the Uluru Statement stand out: “How could it be otherwise? That peoples possessed a land for sixty millennia and this sacred link disappears from world history in merely the last two hundred years?”. 'How could it be otherwise?' is a question that haunts the settler nations of the Pacific Rim.


Table of Contents

Introduction: ancestral ties, visions of nature and settler territoriality -- Chapter 1. Cultures of settler colonialism: imperial economies, environmental change and indigenous dispossession -- Chapter 2. Space and the settler geographical imagination: the camera, the survey and the problematic of waste -- Chapter 3. A 'clock for seeing': revelation and rupture in settler landscape photography -- Chapter 4. Tanga whaka-ahua or, the man who makes the likenesses: managing indigenous presence in colonial landscapes -- Chapter 5. Colonial encounter, epochal time and settler romanticism throughout the nineteenth century -- Chapter 6. Noble cities from primeval forest: settler territoriality on the world stage -- Chapter 7. Nature, native, nation: settler politics and environments in the late nineteenth century -- Conclusion: settler colonialism, reconciliation and the problems of place.


Bibliography: pages 339-391 Theoretical thesis. No abstract or summary included.

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Arts, Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Department, Centre or School

Department of Modern History, Politics and International Relations

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Kate Fullagar


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