Closer settlement in the Western District of Victoria: a case study in Australian land use policy, 1898-1914

Keneley, Monica 2002, Closer settlement in the Western District of Victoria: a case study in Australian land use policy, 1898-1914, Journal of historical geography, vol. 28, no. 3, pp. 363-379.

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Title Closer settlement in the Western District of Victoria: a case study in Australian land use policy, 1898-1914
Author(s) Keneley, Monica
Journal name Journal of historical geography
Volume number 28
Issue number 3
Start page 363
End page 379
Publisher Academic Press
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2002-07
ISSN 0305-7488
1095-8614
Summary The promotion of closer settlement in the Australian state of Victoria between 1898 and 1914 was viewed as a panacea to many of the problems that beset the state. The region known as the Western District of Victoria was seen as particularly suitable for the application of land re-settlement policy. The study of this region highlights several important features of the closer settlement experiment in Victoria. First, it illustrates how the basic principles of closer settlement were used to further the interests of particular groups. Second, it highlights the flaws in foundations of the Closer Settlement Act which impacted on the settlers chances of success. And thirdly it points to the disastrous implications of policy implementation that paid little attention to the geographical and economic parameters governing the outcome of farming enterprises.
Language eng
Field of Research 160401 Economic Geography
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2002, Elsevier Science Ltd.
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001670

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Economics
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