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

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posted on 2002-07-01, 00:00 authored by Monica KeneleyMonica Keneley
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.

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Journal

Journal of historical geography

Volume

28

Pagination

363-379

Location

London, England

ISSN

0305-7488

eISSN

1095-8614

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2002, Elsevier Science Ltd.

Issue

3

Publisher

Academic Press

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