Human Australasia: Studies of Society and of Education in Australia and New Zealand

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X FASCINATIONS AND SATISFACTIONS

Australia and New Zealand are full of charm. They are rich in fascinations. These fascinations are neither those of the tropical palm-crowned Tahiti or Fiji, nor those of the langorous Marquesas, nor yet those of the diverse-peopled Hawaii. Though colored by certain unique elements of nature, these fascinations are something far more important than physical and atmospheric conditions and forces. They are the fascinations of the races of men, even though the island-continents are having, and are determined to have, only one race. Certain fascinations, however, unite both the charm of nature and of man.

One element of these fascinations lies in the remoteness of Australia and New Zealand, and their consequent security. These two island-continents are themselves twelve hundred miles from each other, a distance as great as that lying between the Hudson and the Mississippi, and this distance, too, is shorter than most journeyings. It is 2227 miles from Melbourne to Suva in the Fiji Islands. From Suva to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Human Australasia 3
  • II- The White Australasia 10
  • III- Industrial Experimentation and Unrest 45
  • IV- The Higher, and Other, Education 82
  • V- Religion 137
  • VI- Poetry and Other Literature 150
  • VII- The Newspaper 167
  • VIII- Gambling 176
  • IX- Standards 190
  • X- Fascinations and Satisfactions 208
  • XI- The Human Product 224
  • XII- Contributions to Be Expected to the World's Civilization 239
  • XIII- Conclusion 257
  • Index 263
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