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Charting Australia Felix : re-interpreting cultural landscape creation through a land health lens

conference contribution
posted on 2012-01-01, 00:00 authored by Jamie Kelson, David Jones
The landscape of the Western District of Victoria has been extensively transformed in the imagery and aspirations of United Kingdom estates but markedly modified to address the climatic and agricultural prospects of the District landscape. By assembling land, the original squatters had a clean sheet to map, comprehend, and configure an economically viable pastoral estate. ‘Charting Australia Felix’ seeks to ascertain the spatial and geographical logic and rationale that informed this pastoral estate formation. These settlers mastered an economically viable estate that respected climate, soil quality and ensured water security which were the essential ingredients of a quality land holding; their successful grazing and specialisation were dependent upon these attributes. Thus, they successfully comprehended the essences of the landscape in line with contemporary land care and rural land management strategies. Charting Australia Felix involves the use of the historic landscape characterisation method to map, assess and model some 5 exemplar pastoral stations in the Western District to quantify their temporal landscape characteristics, their responses to landscape evolution, and change to test and quantify what the archetypes are that may have informed these patterns. Using Murndal and Glenormiston pastoral stations as the lens of investigation, a preliminary appraisal is offered in this paper.

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Event

Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand. Conference (29th : 2012 : Launceston, Tasmania)

Pagination

512 - 530

Publisher

SAHANZ

Location

Launceston, Tasmania

Place of publication

Launceston, Tas.

Start date

2012-07-05

End date

2012-07-08

ISBN-13

9781862956582

Language

eng

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Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Editor/Contributor(s)

S King, A Chatterjee, S Loo

Title of proceedings

SAHANZ 2012 : Fabulation : myth, nature, heritage. Proceedings of the 29th Society of Architectural Historians Australia & New Zealand Conference

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