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Automobiles and Australian modernisation: the redex around-Australia trials of the 1950s

Journal Article


Abstract


  • Abstract

    In the first half of the 1950s, automobiles came to the forefront of national attention in three Redex Around-Australia Reliability trials, which sent hundreds of cars from Sydney to race around the continent in expressions of barely-controlled automotive fervour. As multi-dimensional events that incapsulated individual and national aspirations, the Redex trials provide an evocative framework for exploring some competing versions of Australian modernisation in those post-war years. For all their affirmations of national maturity, however, the trials perpetuated colonial orientations to 'hostile' landscapes and continued to envisage Aboriginal people as inherently outside of the modern present.

UOW Authors


  •   Clarsen, Georgine (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Clarsen, G. W. 2010, 'Automobiles and Australian modernisation: the redex around-Australia trials of the 1950s', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 352-368.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77956671267

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1051

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 352

End Page


  • 368

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 3

Abstract


  • Abstract

    In the first half of the 1950s, automobiles came to the forefront of national attention in three Redex Around-Australia Reliability trials, which sent hundreds of cars from Sydney to race around the continent in expressions of barely-controlled automotive fervour. As multi-dimensional events that incapsulated individual and national aspirations, the Redex trials provide an evocative framework for exploring some competing versions of Australian modernisation in those post-war years. For all their affirmations of national maturity, however, the trials perpetuated colonial orientations to 'hostile' landscapes and continued to envisage Aboriginal people as inherently outside of the modern present.

UOW Authors


  •   Clarsen, Georgine (external author)

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Clarsen, G. W. 2010, 'Automobiles and Australian modernisation: the redex around-Australia trials of the 1950s', Australian Historical Studies, vol. 41, no. 3, pp. 352-368.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-77956671267

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/artspapers/1051

Has Global Citation Frequency


Number Of Pages


  • 16

Start Page


  • 352

End Page


  • 368

Volume


  • 41

Issue


  • 3