Ms Janelle Evans

Thesis work

Thesis title: Letters, books, parroquates and Kangaroo Skins: The gift relationship between Attorney General Sir Samuel Shepherd and first fleet convict Matthew Everingham

Supervisors: Adam GECZY

Thesis abstract:

The gift relationship that developed between London attorney Samuel Shepherd (later Sir Samuel Shepherd, Attorney General and Chief Baron of the Exchequer, Scotland) and First Fleet convict Matthew Everingham, developed after the conviction of the latter, a fourteen year old Attorney’s Clerk who obtained, in 1784, two law books under false pretences from Shepherd’s chambers. What is unusual about their relationship, is not that their exchange of gifts, including letters, books, ‘parroquates’ and kangaroo skins began, but also that it continued for a period of approximately twenty years, during which time Shepherd became a powerful political and legal figure within the metropolitan centre. The gift relationship between Shepherd and Everingham can be tracked through familiar letters, personal papers, court and government documents, as well as newspaper accounts. Through interdisciplinary and intertextual readings of their material texts and objects, across the canonical literature and visual arts of the Enlightenment Project, this research project provides a literary and visual critique of the gift exchange between Attorney General Sir Samuel Shepherd and Matthew Everingham and argues that it was ultimately detrimental to the Aboriginal peoples of Terra Australis.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Evans, J. (2014). Reverse racism in Australian Indigenous popular culture. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 43(3), 60-63.

2014

  • Evans, J. (2014). Reverse racism in Australian Indigenous popular culture. Contemporary Visual Art + Culture: Broadsheet, 43(3), 60-63.

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