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The 'Missing link': Space, race and transoceanic ties in the settler-colonial Pacific

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Abstract


  • The inauguration of a steamship route between Canada and Australia, described

    as the "missing link," was envisaged to complete Britain's imperial circuit of

    the globe. This article examines the early proposals and projects for a service

    between Vancouver and Sydney, which finally commenced in 1893. The route

    was more than a means of physically bridging the gulf between Canada and

    Australia. Serving as a conduit for ideologies and expectations, it became a key

    element of aspirations to reconfigure the Pacific as a natural domain for the

    extension of settler -colonial power and influence. In centering the "white" Pacific

    and relations between white colonies in empire, the route's early history, although

    one of friction and contestation, offers new insights into settler -colonial

    mobilities beyond dominant themes of metropole-colony migration.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Steel, F. (2015). The 'Missing link': Space, race and transoceanic ties in the settler-colonial Pacific. Transfers: interdisciplinary journal of mobility studies, 5 (3), 49-67.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84973884446

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3376&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2368

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 67

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom

Abstract


  • The inauguration of a steamship route between Canada and Australia, described

    as the "missing link," was envisaged to complete Britain's imperial circuit of

    the globe. This article examines the early proposals and projects for a service

    between Vancouver and Sydney, which finally commenced in 1893. The route

    was more than a means of physically bridging the gulf between Canada and

    Australia. Serving as a conduit for ideologies and expectations, it became a key

    element of aspirations to reconfigure the Pacific as a natural domain for the

    extension of settler -colonial power and influence. In centering the "white" Pacific

    and relations between white colonies in empire, the route's early history, although

    one of friction and contestation, offers new insights into settler -colonial

    mobilities beyond dominant themes of metropole-colony migration.

Publication Date


  • 2015

Citation


  • Steel, F. (2015). The 'Missing link': Space, race and transoceanic ties in the settler-colonial Pacific. Transfers: interdisciplinary journal of mobility studies, 5 (3), 49-67.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84973884446

Ro Full-text Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=3376&context=lhapapers

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/2368

Number Of Pages


  • 18

Start Page


  • 49

End Page


  • 67

Volume


  • 5

Issue


  • 3

Place Of Publication


  • United Kingdom