An examination of debates about marriage and inheritance in 19th century settler societies within the British Empire which looks at the public and political debates about changing marriage and inheritance law, and specifically marriage law regarding wives property rights within marriage. In this project, I read the records that exist of political debates, of government initiated investigations and legal cases as well as drama, novels and other cultural productions in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to explore the place of marriage and inheritance in the making of white settler societies. I received an SSHRC grant to explore the marriage side of this question in 2001-2004. I am now seeking time to complete some of the research, integrate issues of inheritance more explicitly than I had initially planned and to write up my research results.
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