Religion and Society

Hilary M. Carey*

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This chapter examines the role of religion and the missionary impulse on British colonization of Australia. It explores the activities of the colonizing clergies only in relation to Australian Aborigines but also in relation to enlarging the scope of Australia's Empire into the Pacific. This chapter contends that though religion remained active in instilling notions of loyalty in congregations, religion never acquired the potency of race in the Australian conception of the British world.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAustralia's Empire
Place of PublicationOxford Scholarship Online
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780191701894
ISBN (Print)9780199563739
Publication statusPublished - 3 Oct 2011


  • Aborigines
  • Australia
  • British empire
  • British missionaries
  • Clergies
  • Colonization
  • Religion

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