The curious case of the disappearing gold mining town: the cultural landscape of the Clohesy River Gold Field, North Queensland

Thorp, Justine (2003) The curious case of the disappearing gold mining town: the cultural landscape of the Clohesy River Gold Field, North Queensland. Journal of Australasian Mining History, 1 (1). pp. 144-158.

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[Extract] Locating a definition of 'cultural landscape' is not difficult. The notion is, however, like sand blowing in the wind. It swirls seemingly without direction of purpose. This is because it is a concept of importance to many disciplines ranging from the sciences through to the humanities. Accordingly, it can be defined as the material manifestation of the relation between humans and the environment where the cultural landscape manifests the contradictory resolution between human acts and acts of nature. It is not a static concept; movement of people, information or crops across the landscape is inherent in this dynamic process of change. A cultural landscape can be viewed thematically in an effort to understand its complexities - as nature, as wealth, as an artifact, as a habitat, as an ideology, as history or as heritage. In this context it is possible to see quite clearly how people allocate value and meaning to a landscape and equally how 'contested meanings' arise. When a 'place' loses its meaning and value and is not recreated, is 'forgotten', when it 'disappears', one has to consider what happened to it. Conventional analysis does not allow us to do this.

Item ID: 13715
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Australian history; gold mining; North Queensland
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ISSN: 1448-4471
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2010 02:35
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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