Commentary [by Ian Tilbrook; re. Conditional Culture, by Rex Ingamells, 1938]

[Editor: A commentary by Ian Tilbrook, critical of the position taken by Rex Ingamells in the preceding chapters of Conditional Culture (1938).] Commentary Mr. Ingamells, in assuming the role of critic on an Australian culture, has, together with his timely message, the depth of perception necessary for his task. Perhaps, more than any other Australian […]

Chapter 4 [Conditional Culture, by Rex Ingamells, 1938]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Conditional Culture (1938) by Rex Ingamells.] IV. The culture of the aborigines. Of Australia’s traditions I have already said something in general; and, as these and the facts of her history may readily be studied by the student, in books and archives, I need say little more. There is, […]

Chapter 3 [Conditional Culture, by Rex Ingamells, 1938]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Conditional Culture (1938) by Rex Ingamells.] III. Debunking nonsense. (1) The reason why Australian culture is not yet something unmistakably defined is that its individuality, its permeating essence, has been smothered with exoticisms, which, unless most carefully handled — and they have not been — are absolutely impossible of […]

Chapter 2 [Conditional Culture, by Rex Ingamells, 1938]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Conditional Culture (1938) by Rex Ingamells.] II. Environmental Values. (1) The natural distinctiveness of the Australian continent from other lands of the world is too fundamental to vanish in the period of human history. The massive gum trees along the banks of the Murray, the gums and the mallee […]

Chapter 1 [Conditional Culture, by Rex Ingamells, 1938]

[Editor: This is a chapter from Conditional Culture (1938) by Rex Ingamells.] Conditional Culture I. From generation to generation. (1) The affinities of the early settlers with Australia were peculiarly trammelled by uncongenialities. They easily appreciated the blue, sunny days of the Australian spring; the yellow flame of the wattle and the clear torrent of […]