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Book - E.W.Cole, 'The White Australia Question', 1903 Document Reg. No: HT 19511

Red-covered book 'The White Australia Question', written in Melbourne by Edward William Cole, and published by the Cole's Book Arcade in 1903. This is the fifth edition of this book. Cole presents four essays on the topics 'A White Australia Impossible', 'The Cause of Colour in Mankind', 'The Whole Human Race is Mixing' and 'The Negro', taking the then radical step of arguing that a White Australia Policy and the associated laws were undesirable and unchristian. The book ends with several pages of drawings and photographs of people organized by racial type, including 'Negros of Africa', Group of Kaffir Women', 'Group of Educated Kaffirs' and 'American Negros'.

Edward William Cole was a bookshop proprietor and reknowned visionary, who believed that education was the saviour of humankind and that all people were equal. He dreamed of a world with one government and one language, and of a time when war no longer occured.
Rectangular book consisting of approximately 132 thin paper pages, and several thicker glossy pages printed with illustrations, photographs and extensive text. The pages are bound between two thick boards covered in red cloth. On the front cover are printed details about the book's content.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 175 mm (Height), 125 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: booksellers, immigration debates, white australia policy, making history - white australia
Themes this item is part of: Edward William Cole, Bookseller (1832-1918), Cole's Book Arcade Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Community Activity
Tertiary Classification: publications
Inscriptions: Front cover, printed, black ink: 'The White Australia Question / By E. W. Cole / Contents: / 1. - A White Australia impossible. / 2. - The Cause of Colour in Mankind. / 3. - The Whole Human Race is Mixing. / 4. - The Negro. / With over 100 Illustrations / Melbourne. E. W. Cole Book Arcade / 1903.'

Spine, printed, black ink: 'THE WHITE AUSTRALIA QUESTION'

Extensive text within.
Author: Mr. Edward Cole - Cole's Book Arcade, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1903
Publisher: Cole's Book Arcade, 1903
References: E.W. Cole entry in 'Australian Dictionary of Biography' (Online Edition)
  1. [Book], Cole Turnley, Cole of the Book Arcade: a Biography of E.W. Cole, Cole Publications, Hawthorn, 1974

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