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The Road to Botany BayAn Exploration of Landscape and History$
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Paul Carter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669974

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669974.001.0001

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A More Pleasing Prospect

A More Pleasing Prospect

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The Road to Botany Bay

Paul Carter

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the various meanings of the picturesque and how these influenced site choice and settlement in Australia. The picturesque has nothing to do with whether or not the revealed views conformed to canons of taste formulated in Regency England. It is bound up with the profounder intention that roads and windows have of making the world visible, of rendering it an object capable of translation. In this sense, when we travel over many Australian roads or tracks, we do not travel “Australia.” Rather, we relive those first journeys and campsites. But, going over the ground with the advantage of history, we do not come to these places as the first squatters and selectors did. In order to share their experience, we must interpret what was obvious to them—the attraction of the picturesque.

Keywords:   beauty, landscapes, picturesque, travelers, explorer

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