TITLE

Transnational Lives: Colonial Immigration Restrictions and the White Australia Policy in the Riverina District of New South Wales, 1860-1960

AUTHOR(S)
McGowan, Barry
PUB. DATE
January 2013
SOURCE
Chinese Southern Diaspora Studies;2013, Vol. 6, p45
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
In Australia the historical debate on the effects of immigration restrictions on the Chinese people has focused largely on the White Australia Policy. By contrast, in this paper I focus on the relatively neglected topic of intercolonial migration and compare the impact of the colonial immigration restrictions of the 1880s and the White Australia Policy, using as an example the Riverina district of New South Wales. Many Chinese people were severely disadvantaged by the colonial immigration restrictions, particularly if they had strong commercial links on both sides of the NSW-Victorian border or needed special assistance from their compatriots. The local reaction in the Riverina to the tightening of anti-Chinese restrictions in 1888 in particular sits at odds with the popular impression of unrelenting animosity towards Chinese people in the pre-Federation period. Many white residents of the Riverina viewed the legislation with disdain and pleaded the case for change. Federation solved the problem of intercolonial migration, but it created many other difficulties for Chinese residents and this time the Riverina press was silent. With the same resilience and initiative of their forebears, however, many Chinese worked around these new impositions. Influence, money and friendship were, however, critical and those less well connected or affluent were at a much greater disadvantage. Intimidation from officials with its attendant risks of resentment and bitterness may have been of little concern in the colonial and post-colonial period, but today it should be, for the stakes are much higher.
ACCESSION #
90553165

 

Related Articles

  • The Chinese in Australia 1818-1918. Millar, Diana // Agora;Jul2009, Vol. 44 Issue 3, p24 

    The article focuses on the history of Chinese settlement in Australia during the period 1818-1918 and the reactions of Europeans on the growing contribution of Chinese settlers in the nation. It mentions that a carpenter, called Mak O Pong, was thought to be the first Chinese to arrive in...

  • BOOK FIVE: The People Make Laws 1888-1915: THE TABLETS OF THE LAW. Clark, Manning // Manning Clark's History of Australia: abridged by Michael Cathca;1993, p414 

    Chapter 4 of the part five of the book "Manning Clark's History of Australia" is presented. It says that the White Australia policy became a tablet of the law of Australia in 1901. It states the decision of the Australian colonies to unite in Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United...

  • Introduction: Claims to Belong. Pedersen, Susan // Journal of British Studies;Oct2001, Vol. 40 Issue 4, p447 

    Introduces articles on the efforts of British colonists to recreate a feeling of belonging in their colonies. Role played by white women in establishing claims to belong; Exploration of the meanings of specific institutions, relations or cultural forms; Investigation of imperial institutions...

  • Tolstoyan colonies in England in the late 1890s. Vorobyov, Ilya // Vestnik IKBFU;2011, Issue 6, p141 

    This article considers the history of establishment of first Tolstoyan colonies in England, the inner life of those colonies and the relationship between Russian emigrants and English colonists.

  • JAMESTOWN, VIRGINIA. Nobleman, Marc Tyler // Thirteen Colonies;2002, p9 

    Virginia Co. sent 104 men and boys to a woodland near Chesapeake Bay in Virginia. The settlers built a fort surrounded by a fence made of wooden stakes to protect themselves from attack by Indians. They named their small colony "Jamestown" in honor of the king. The colonists found it difficult...

  • Colonial expansion. Lundgren, Julie K. // Rourke's Native American History & Culture Encyclopedia;Feb2009, Issue 2, p49 

    A definition of the term "colonial expansion" is presented. It refers to an act of a certain nation to extend its rule to include a territory outside its borders using settler colonies. Colonial expansion causes the native peoples to face the colonist's control, traditions and customs. Among the...

  • The White Australia Policy, the British Empire, and the World. Atkinson, David C. // Britain & the World;Sep2015, Vol. 8 Issue 2, p204 

    This article recovers the essential imperial and international context of the Immigration Restriction Act in 1901, and argues that the foundational deliberations that produced the White Australia Policy cannot be fully understood without attention to that global perspective. Indeed, the real and...

  • Colonialism's Past and Present: Performing History at a Gold Rush Theme Park. Watson, Virginia // Coolabah;2014, Issue 13, p1 

    The urge to seize, to claim the past in order to experience the truth of history is a powerful impulse - one full of desire for a time apart from the here and now. Conceiving and sustaining an experience of the past is today very big business. The ongoing development of the heritage, tourism and...

  • Dutch colonists.  // Rourke's Native American History & Culture Encyclopedia;Mar2009, Issue 3, p36 

    The article offers information on Dutch colonists, who set up colonies, trade posts, and plantations in north and south America.

Share

Read the Article

Courtesy of THE LIBRARY OF VIRGINIA

Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics