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From outback icon to imperial time lord : 'reinventing' Sir Charles Todd (1910-2010)

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Denis Cryle
Drawing on the work of communication historians, both Australian and overseas, this article makes a case for revisiting and ‘reinventing’ Sir Charles Todd’s dynamic life and notable career over half a century. The author argues for a wider view of ‘Telegraph Todd’ than simply that of outback icon, one which is not merely celebratory in the Victorian tradition of his existing tributes, but which situates Todd firmly within networks of patronage and power, starting with pre-Victorian Britain and extending from his native South Australia across the Australian colonies. Contradictory historical representations of Todd, examined throughout this article, as popular outback icon, and imperial time lord, go to the heart of his complex legacy. In seeking to provide a more balanced perspective, this article focuses on the lesser known perception of Todd as imperial ‘time lord’, to understand his long career and the wider forces in which it was bound up. For this purpose, the author draws on contemporary insights provided by the burgeoning literature on the ‘British World’ in order to better understand Todd’s far-reaching connections and influence.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

35

Issue

1

Start Page

65

End Page

82

Number of Pages

18

eISSN

1835-6419

ISSN

1444-3058

Location

Brisbane

Publisher

University of Queensland Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of Australian studies.

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