From the mid‐nineteenth to the early twentieth century universities and colleges were founded throughout Australia and New Zealand in the context of the expanding British Empire. This article provides an analytical framework to understand the engagement between changing ideas of higher education at the centre of Empire and within the settler societies in the Antipodes. Imperial influences remained significant, but so was locality in association with the role of the emerging state, while the idea of the public purpose of higher education helped to widen social access forming and sustaining the basis of middle class professions.
Sherington, G. and Horne, J. (2010), "Empire, state and public purpose in the founding of universities and colleges in the Antipodes", History of Education Review, Vol. 39 No. 2, pp. 36-51. https://doi.org/10.1108/08198691201000008Download as .RIS
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