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Pastoral Australia : fortunes, failures and hard yakka : a historical overview 1788-1967

Pearson, Michael, 1951-2010
Summary: "Pastoral Australia tells the story of the expansion of Australia's pastoral industry, how it drove European settlement and involved Aboriginal people in the new settler society. The rural life that once saw Australia 'ride on the sheep's back' is no longer what defines us, yet it is largely our history as a pastoral nation that has endured in heritage places and which is embedded in our self-image as Australians. The challenges of sustaining a pastoral industry in Australia make a compelling story of their own. Developing livestock breeds able to prosper in the Australian environment was an ongoing challenge, as was getting wool and meat to market. Many stock routes, wool stores, abattoirs, wharf facilities, railways, roads, and river and ocean transport systems that were developed to link the pastoral interior with the urban and market infrastructure still survive. Windmills, fences, homesteads, shearing sheds, bores, stock yards, travelling stock routes, bush roads and railheads all changed the look of the country. These features of our landscape form an important part of our heritage. They are symbols of a pastoral Australia, and of the foundations of our national identity, which will endure long into the future." -- Publisher description.
Collingwood, Vic. : CSIRO Publishing, 2010.
x, 210 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 25 cm.
"CSIRO Publishing in association with the Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts and the Australian Heritage Council".Includes bibliographical references (p. 190-197) and index.Also available via the World Wide Web.
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Genesis 1788-1830 -- Boom, bust and gold 1830-1860 -- After the gold rush : an evolving industry 1860-1890 -- Consolidation and expansion 1860-1890 -- Depression and drought 1890-1915 -- Maturity and the golden years 1915-1967 -- Afterglow : pastoralism into the twenty-first century and the heritage of earlier centuries.
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Commonwealth of Australia 2010.
9780643096998 (pbk)
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