History

A Nation Begins

Sneering is one of the methods that many contemporary writers and historians use to express their opinion about the settlement of Australia. It’s now almost a cult-habit—a form of self-loathing. They dig and scratch at the historical records, mull over what someone meant while writing a late-night entry in their journal; scour our nations’ early documents for “incriminating” evidence and seek out the opinions of contemporary fellow travellers in a sort of mutual flagellation society, quite oblivious to what our actual national story might be. They endlessly quote each other in an ever-expanding circle of structured, ideological confusion. It must…

Subscribe to get access to all online articles

Digital Subscription

$68/ YR

Get the latest ideas from Australia’s most insightful writers.

Subscribe

  • Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Printed & Digital Subscription

$87/ YR

For avid readers of leading ideas
from Australia’s brightest.

Subscribe

  • Printed & Digital Subscription includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  •  
  •  

Quadrant Patron

$300/ YR

Show your support for Australia’s
most open minded publication.

Subscribe

  • Quadrant Patron includes
  • Online editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • Printed editions of Quadrant Magazine
  • iPad ready PDF
  • Access to Quadrant Archives
  • All new editions of Quadrant Books
  • Exclusive invitations to Quadrant Dinners, book launches and events.