Bush and Backwoods: A Comparison of the Troutier in Australia and the United States

Bush and Backwoods: A Comparison of the Troutier in Australia and the United States

Bush and Backwoods: A Comparison of the Troutier in Australia and the United States

Bush and Backwoods: A Comparison of the Troutier in Australia and the United States

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My object in writing this essay -- it is no more than that -- was to look a little at the way in which Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis might be broadly applied to another continent and society than the North American. It draws no grandiose conclusions and, indeed, pretends to do nothing except to stimulate thought, and perhaps suggest one or two lines of approach to a subject which has already received some attention, as, of late years, it has come to be seen increasingly as an international and not merely an American phenomenon.

I should like to tender my warm thanks to the many friends who have given me the benefit of their advice, and, in particular, to Dr. R. M. Hartwell, Mr. L. H. Fitzhardinge, Professor O. H. K. Spate, and Dr. J. R. Pole. I should like to thank Dr. Russel Ward for the stimulus of his ideas about Australian folk ballads, and for permission to quote from his work on the subject. I should like, finally, to express my appreciation to Sir Keith Hancock for reading through a draft of the manuscript, and for giving me his comments and support. The responsibility for the many shortcomings of the book is entirely mine.

It was really made possible by a nine-month visit to the Australian National University in Canberra as a Senior Research Fellow in 1953-54. I wish to acknowledge with gratitude my debt to the University, its officials and members, for this opportunity, not merely to make this little study, but also for the vivid experience of getting to know something of their great land -- Terra Australis, to me hitherto veritably Incognita.

H. C. ALLEN

CHESHAM BOIS, BUCKS. February, 1959 . . .

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