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Title: Distilling Liberty: Reconsidering the Politics of Alcohol in Early New South Wales
Contributor(s): Allen, Matthew  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-08
Early Online Version: 2019-06-30
DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2019.1604776
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Abstract: Distillation was both clearly banned and the ban widely flouted in early New South Wales. Colonial farmers frequently distilled their excess crops, utilising the expertise of Irish convicts who often came from a traditional rural drinking culture in which illicit distilling was widespread and celebrated. Due to legal ambiguities, the ban relied entirely on the authority of the governors, but was rejected as a breach of the longstanding right of farmers to profit from their crops. Illicit distillation resonated with an ideological critique of despotic colonial government in the age of revolutions, firmly grounded in popular understandings of liberty that were widely felt at all levels of early New South Wales society. In contrast to recent scholarly rejection of a ‘Rum Rebellion’, close analysis of these arguments about distilling shows that both rum and liberty were significant to the 1808 rebellion.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Historical Studies, 50(3), p. 339-353
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1940-5049
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 430302 Australian history
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
280114 Expanding knowledge in Indigenous studies
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

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