White Australia; or, The Empty North

TitleWhite Australia; or, The Empty North
Year for Search1909
AuthorsBedford, Randolph(1868-1941)
Date Published[2014]
PublisherPlaylab
Place PublishedSouth Brisbane, Qld, Australia
KeywordsAustralian author, Male author
Annotation

Racist dystopia about the collaboration between China and Japan to invade Australia, supported by one traitorous Australian. Most of the play is about the actual invasion, which is initially successful, as seen through the eyes of various white Australians and two loyal Aboriginals. The Australians ultimately repulse the invasion by using an airship developed by an Australian engineer.

Info Notes

First performed February 27, 1909 in Protestant Hall, Exhibition St., Melbourne. Two manuscripts of the original play exist. “White Australia: the White Man's Land; or, For Australia: A Drama in Four Acts.” MS. in the Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, call number HO115. Alt. title “White Australia or the Empty North, or The White Man's Land.” Prompt script of the play as staged in Melbourne by William Anderson's company at the King's Theatre, June 26, 1909. MS. in the Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts, Fryer Library, University of Queensland call number H2327.

Title Note

“White Australia: the White Man's Land; or, For Australia: A Drama in Four Acts.”

Alt. title “White Australia or the Empty North, or The White Man's Land.”

Holding Institutions

UQld

Author Note

The Australian author (1868-1941) was a journalist, founder of The Clarion (1897-1909), and author. He was a member of the Queensland Legislative Council, 1917-1923, and of its Legislative Assembly, 1923-1941.

Full Text

[1909] Bedford, Randolph (1868-1941). White Australia; or, The Empty North. South Brisbane, Qld, Australia: Playlab, [2014]. Two manuscripts of the original play exist. “White Australia: the White Man's Land; or, For Australia: A Drama in Four Acts.” First performed February 27, 1909 in Protestant Hall, Exhibition St., Melbourne. MS. in the Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts, Fryer Library, University of Queensland, call number HO115. Alt. title “White Australia or the Empty North, or The White Man's Land.” Prompt script of the play as staged in Melbourne by William Anderson's company at the King's Theatre, June 26, 1909. MS. in the Hanger Collection of Australian Playscripts, Fryer Library, University of Queensland call number H2327. UQld

Racist dystopia about the collaboration between China and Japan to invade Australia, supported by one traitorous Australian. Most of the play is about the actual invasion, which is initially successful, as seen through the eyes of various white Australians and two loyal Aboriginals. The Australians ultimately repulse the invasion by using an airship developed by an Australian engineer. The Australian author was a journalist, founder of The Clarion (1897-1909), and author. He was a member of the Queensland Legislative Council, 1917-1923, and of its Legislative Assembly, 1923-1941. The original of the first version appears to be the Mitchell Library, Sydney and of the second at the Library of Congress.