Conflict + Society Seminar 5

5.00pm to 6.00pm

UNSW Canberra's School of Humanities and Social Sciences presents the next instalment of the Conflict + Society Seminars: The New South Wales contingent to Sudan, 1885: Colonial commemoration and commentary, presented by Dr Thomas J. Rogers.

In 1885, New South Wales became the first self-governing British colony to send colonial troops for imperial service. A 750-strong contingent was dispatched to the Sudan. Examination of the commemoration of the (few) deaths that resulted expose attitudes to patriotism, imperial unity, and the future of the Australian colonies. Did deployment of the contingent change New South Wales’ relationship with Britain?

Meet the speaker: Dr Thomas J. Rogers

Dr Thomas J. Rogers is a historian in the Military History Section at the Australian War Memorial. His research interests include colonial Australian and British Empire history, the South African (Boer) War, the First World War, Indigenous history, and frontier violence. Tom is on the editorial committee of Wartime, the Memorial’s history magazine. He is the author of The Civilisation of Port Phillip: Settler Ideology, Violence, and Rhetorical Possession (2018), which considers the early years of British settlement in the state of Victoria, and the relationships between settler rhetoric and frontier violence.

Full abstract and profile can be viewed on the Conflict and Society seminars page.