Anglo-Celtic Australia: Colonial Immigration and Cultural Regionalism

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For years the prevailing view among scholars has been that postcolonial Australia is an undifferentiated composite of Anglo-Celtic culture, in which English, Irish, Welsh, and Scottish components quickly fused into a singular culture. But based on extensive field research, this study questions that view: the authors' compilation of data from 13,271 tombstones revealing the birth place of the interred, from 565 graveyards throughout Australia, shows point-to-point and shire-to-shire migration from the British Isles to Australia. As a result, they also uncover Australia's distinct regional clusters of specific groups from the British Isles and the differences of religion, dialect, urbanization, and agriculture that accompany them.