Struggle Country: The Rural Ideal in Twentieth Century Australia
Graeme Davison, Marc Brodie
Monash University ePress, 2005 - History - 200 pages
The decline of Australian country life is not new - either as a phenomenon or as a popular fear. Contemporary interest in this area is often highlighted in hopeful policy frameworks for the revitalisation of town and countryside. The continuing interaction between our dreams of the Australian countryside and the reality of its decline is the key focus of Struggle Country: The Rural Ideal in Twentieth Century Australia. Linking present concerns to history, this collection of essays looks at how the dreams of progress that captured the imagination of country towns and regions, city politicians and even historians themselves, led to specific positive and negative outcomes in these areas, which in turn influenced how these regions were treated.
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CHAPTER 4 History and memory in Australias wheatlands Joy McCann
CHAPTER 5 Local history and decline in country Victoria Helen Doyle
CHAPTER 6 The river and the town Jill Tacon
CHAPTER 7 Closer settlement in Queensland David Cameron
CHAPTER 8 Listening in to The Lawsons Megan Blair
The Rocky Gully exodus Jaime Phillips
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