Charters Towers

Menghetti, Diane (1984) Charters Towers. PhD thesis, James Cook University.

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Abstract

The academic establishment has probably not been waiting anxiously for a Ph.D. thesis on Charters Towers. Nevertheless there are several good reasons why one should have been written. Firstly, the town played an important part in attracting settlers to North Queensland and in determining what sort of people these settlers would be. Secondly, the field made useful contributions to the technology and capitalisation of Australian mining at a time when the industry was growing rapidly. Thirdly political developments on Charters Towers influenced the style of Colonial politics, particularly labour politics, in a formative period. Lastly, there is an intrinsic historical interest in charting the growth of a community founded in the wilderness at the peak of the industrial-capitalist era. While it would be excessive to suggest it as a microcosm of the growth of a capitalist society there are, I believe, insights to be gained from the rise and decline of this goldfield.

Item ID: 1571
Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
Keywords: Charters Towers, gold mining, settlement, local government, Labour Party, mining companies, Lissner, Isidor, mining machinery
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2007
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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