Beasts, Birds, Fishes, and Reptiles: Anthony Trollope and the Australian Acclimatization Debate

  • Grace MooreEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Animals and Literature book series (PSAAL)


This chapter considers Trollope’s examination of the tensions between indigenous and introduced species in his travelogue Australia and New Zealand (1873). Examining his engagement with “ecological imperialism,” it discusses his representation of Australian native animals, which Trollope frequently depicts as lacking in vigor, and the difficulties that they often faced when confronted with predatory species introduced from Europe. The chapter addresses what it means to be a “pest” in nineteenth-century Australia, while considering how discussions of native animals became conduits for wider debates surrounding invasion and guilt. The chapter considers the animal as a commodity, while engaging with questions of exoticism and domestication, seeking to situate Trollope in relation to the work of regional Acclimatization Societies within Australia.


Trollope, Anthony Ecology Imperialism Australia New Zealand Acclimatization Farming Sheep Native animals 

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  1. 1.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia

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