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Title: George Henry Haydon (1822-1891) : an Anglo-Australian life
Author: Haydon, Katharine Risdon
ISNI:       0000 0004 0123 3754
Awarding Body: King's College London
Current Institution: King's College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2008
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This biographical study of George Henry Haydon (1822-1891) seeks to show how and why five years spent in early Port Phillip (Australia) informed his whole life. Haydon left a variety of (previously unexamined) journals, sketches and letters which are here analysed for what they show of the process of emigration, and the ways in which the colonist attempted to record and comprehend his new environment. For Haydon this included his engagement with the land (he undertook some exploration) and the Aboriginal population. The study assesses Haydon's contribution to the records of life in and around Melbourne in the early 1840s. Haydon went back to England in 1845 and he is examined as a returned emigrant. Through his lectures on emigration and his two published works, Haydon represented and promoted Australia to an English audience. The study examines how, in the context of the contemporary literary and artistic genres, perceptions of Australia were constructed in the European imagination. Haydon's later career was spent in London as Steward of the lunatic asylum, Bethlem Royal Hospital (Bedlam). In keeping with his middle-class, high-Victorian sensibilities he took an interest in natural history, Freemasonry, and the Volunteer Movement. Haydon moved in circles which included some of the best known writers and caricaturists of the day, including Charles Dickens. A continued and evolving engagement with Australia is traced through Haydon's activities both within the hospital and outside, and in his later writings and drawings. Underpinning the argument is an acknowledgement of the shifting trends in Australian historiography which have in recent years moved away from i~olationist approaches towards a reintegration of Australian and European history. Haydon is presented as a figure who saw his place within the wider sphere that was the British Empire. In this context, his life can be seen to have been a truly 'Anglo-Australian' one.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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