Ceremonial Days, Imperial Culture, Schools and Exhibitions c. 1900–35

  • John Griffiths
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This chapter explores the imperial dimensions to Antipodean cities from two perspectives. The first examines the attempts to embed imperial celebrations such as Empire Day and Trafalgar Day in the urban and institutional calendar, and asks whether they represented the successful introduction of an ‘invented tradition’ amongst both adults and youth. In the second half of the chapter, an analysis of exhibitions staged in the cities under consideration is undertaken in order to assess how far these could also be said to have been imperially infused and how far they represented ‘imperial space’ in the city for the weeks or months during which they were staged.


Grammar School Public Holiday Imperial Culture International Exhibition George Versus 
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  • John Griffiths
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  1. 1.School of HumanitiesMassey UniversityNew Zealand

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