Book Launch for Penny Russell’s Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia

To be launched by Professor Jill Julius Matthews, Professor of History, Australian National University.

Penny Russell is an Associate Professor in the Department of history. She is ‘fascinated by snobs and social climbers, scandals large and small, and the mysterious ways people lived, loved and learned in times past’, as her new book reveals:

In colonial Australia manners marked the difference between savagery and civilisation, between vulgarity and refinement. Colonists recoiled in shock and confusion at the customs of Indigenous Australians, but they also sensed the savagery lurking in white society. Manners mattered, to individuals and to society. Original and compelling, Savage or Civilised? is the story of behaviour, respect and manners in colonial Australia. 

When: 6 for 6.30pm, Friday November 12, 2010
Where: Gleebooks Bookstore, 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe
RSVP: www.gleebooks.com.au or phone (02) 9660 2333

Savage or Civilised? Manners in Colonial Australia, by Penny Russell, is published by UNSW Press

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