Driving to Australia: overland journeys between Europe and Australia 1888-1972

People Involved

Mr Richard White

Project Details

This study of overland journeys between Britain and Australia from the first attempts in the 1880s to the ‘hippy trail’ of the 1970s will:

  • explore the different ways in which travellers are able to represent themselves, and the relationship between identity and social and cultural baggage
  • analyse this physical manifestation of the cultural link between Britain and Australia, examining how people negotiated their Australianness not only in regard to Britain, but to other parts of the world along their route, and
  • draw conclusions about the relationship between masculine identity and the modern motor car.