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List of Illustrations List of Contributors Introduction: Honourable intentions? Penny Russell and Nigel Worden 1 Defining and defending honour in law Kirsten McKenzie 2 The Honourable Company: VOC rule at the Cape Nigel Penn 3 Honourable colonisation? Australia Penelope Edmonds 4 Honour and religion in the Cape Colony Robert Ross 5 Honour, information and religion: New South Wales 1780s-1850s Alan Atkinson 6 The politics of burgher honour in the Cape Colony, 1770s-1780s Teun Baartman 7 Honour and liberal governance in the Australian and Cape colonies 1820s-1850s Chris Holdridge 8 Defending honour in Dutch Cape settler society Nigel Worden 9 Defending honour in Australian settler society Catie Gilchrist 10 Honour among slaves and indigenous people in the Cape Colony Rick Watson 11 Honour among convict and Aboriginal men in 1820s New South Wales James Drown and Penny Russell 12 Honour, morality and sexuality in the eighteenth-century Cape Colony Gerald Groenewald 13 Honour, morality and sexuality in nineteenth-century Sydney Penny Russell Index

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Penny Russell is Bicentennial Professor of Australian History at the University of Sydney. Her publications include Savage or Civilised? Manners in colonial Australia (2010) and This Errant Lady: Jane Franklin's journey to Port Phillip and Sydney, 1839 (2002). Nigel Worden is King George V Professor of History at the University of Cape Town. His publications include, Cape Town between East and West: Social identity in a Dutch colonial town (2012), The Making of Modern South Africa 5ed. (2011) and Cape Town: The making of a city (1998).


"This path-breaking collection of essays extends the reach of comparative studies of colonial culture and governance. It provides an important intervention in practices of trans-regional scholarship, demonstrating how malleable ideas moved among both elites and commoners, creating material consequences that are mutually recognizable in spite of the great distance and different local circumstances that separate Australia and South Africa. The deep conceptual work and careful attention to detail in the essays will find broad readership among early-modern cultural historians of all regions and an eager audience of colonial-era scholars."

Laura J. Mitchell, University of California, Irvine, USA

"A truly remarkable collection of trendsetting essays that tracks and traces the social history of honour in colonial South Africa and colonial Australia between 1750-1850. Authored by a blend of influential and emerging historians, the book analyses how honour was understood by different colonial identities and influenced by diverse contexts. By offering fresh insights into the private and public worlds of individuals with reference to honour, it unlocks some of the more complex inner workings of colonial societies and contested human relations."

Russel Viljoen, University of South Africa

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