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Citizenship in Australia: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records


Citizenship in Australia: A Guide to Commonwealth Government Records

Published by the National Archives of Australia


David Dutton

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This guide is number 10 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives of Australia.

This guide introduces readers to Commonwealth government records on citizenship held by the National Archives of Australia and provides valuable advice to the researcher interested in this topic. The guide covers important themes related to citizenship in Australia, including British and Australian nationality and citizenship categories, naturalisation, the treatment of aliens, assimilation, racial limitations on citizenship, the civic status of women, and civic rights and duties generally.

David Dutton worked in the Historical Documents Project Section of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade He holds a PhD in history from the University of Melbourne. His doctoral research concerned the boundaries of Australian citizenship between Federation and the advent of multiculturalism, and the processes by which non-citizens traversed those boundaries. He is author of several journal articles on the significance of race and allegiance in citizenship policies.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication all the records described in this guide were present in the Archives collection. However, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value. If this occurs the guide will be revised accordingly.

© Commonwealth of Australia 2000

First published 2000
First published online 2000

ISSN 1326-7078
ISBN 0 642 34408 6

This work is copyright. Apart from any use as permitted under the Copyright Act 1968 no part may be reproduced by any process without prior written permission from the National Archives of Australia. Requests and inquiries concerning reproduction and rights should be directed to the Publications Manager, National Archives of Australia, PO Box 7425, Canberra Mail Centre ACT 2610, Australia.

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