The following is taken from Chapter 6 of the book Descent into Slavery, by Des Griffin, AM PhD, retired director of the Australian Museum, and published in 1984. Some readers may feel that in places it exaggerates a little, but we are publishing it because of the importance of the subject to which it relates.
WHEN people think of England such terms as `Great Britain’, `England’, `The Queen’, `The Crown’, `London’, `The City of London’ and `British Empire’ come to mind and blend together into an indistinguishable blur. They are generally looked upon as synonymous, as being representative of the same basic system. During the 1950’s and 1960’s the author lived in England (London for five years) without even beginning to realise the vast difference that exists in the meaning of some of the above terms.
When people hear of `The Crown’ they automatically think of the King or Queen; when they hear of `London’ or the `The City’ they instantly think of the capital of England in which the monarch has his or her official residence.