The world's great age... the Golden Years: Queensland's miners, poets and story-tellers

Taylor, Cheryl (2009) The world's great age... the Golden Years: Queensland's miners, poets and story-tellers. In: Fielding, Trisha, (ed.) Selected Lectures on North Queensland history from the CityLibraries Sir Robert Philp Lecture Series. Sir Robert Philp Lecture Series, 6 . Townsville City Council, Townsville, pp. 68-83.

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[Extract] This lecture explores selected fiction and poetry that stemmed from the mining industries of tropical Queensland. Mount Isa, Charters Towers and the gold fields of Cape York are the chief geographical focus points. The discussion uncovers some of the conscious and unconscious assumptions of the early mining industry, as revealed for example by short stories and poems published in the 1880s and 1890s in the Sydney Bulletin. It further considers how later novelists, such as Vance Palmer, Betty Collins, Kay Brown, Sarah Campion and Elizabeth O'Conner, adapted these assumptions for consumption by urban readers in Australia and overseas. The lecture thus draws attention to the important contribution that mining in the region made to the development of Queensland, not only materially, but also psychologically and ideologically.

Item ID: 17186
Item Type: Book Chapter (Non-Commercial)
ISBN: 978-0-9807305-2-4
Keywords: Idriess, Holthouse, Campion, Becke, Favenc, Astley, O'Conner, Von Kotze
Projects and Grants: AustLit ARC LIEF Project 2008
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2011 04:51
FoR Codes: 20 LANGUAGE, COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE > 2005 Literary Studies > 200502 Australian Literature (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Literature) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9502 Communication > 950203 Languages and Literature @ 80%
95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 20%
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