Planter inertia: the decline of the plantation in the Herbert River Valley

Vidonja Balanzategui, Bianka (2020) Planter inertia: the decline of the plantation in the Herbert River Valley. Circa: the Journal of Professional Historians, 7 (2020). pp. 20-26.

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Abstract

Agricultural associations were a worldwide phenomenon in the nineteenth century. They were formed by large and small farmers alike to improve agricultural skills, encourage innovation, and provide access to rural extension. Some also acted as political lobbying groups. In tropical sugar growing areas however, where plantation agriculture was a pervasive phenomenon, such associations were the preserve of the planter elite. These associations could be powerful agents for the preservation of planters' social, political and economic dominance and the plantation system of production. Though the plantation system prevailed from 1872 until 1908 on the Herbert River in tropical north Queensland the planters there failed to unite effectively. This article will explore those planters' efforts to form associations and explore why their efforts failed when planters elsewhere successfully united and thrived.

Item ID: 63649
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1837-784X
Keywords: sugar; plantation agriculture; planters; north Queensland; tropical agriculture, associations; rural representation
Copyright Information: (C) Professional Historians Australia
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2020 23:37
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440899 Political science not elsewhere classified @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 50%
SEO Codes: 82 PLANT PRODUCTION AND PLANT PRIMARY PRODUCTS > 8203 Industrial Crops > 820304 Sugar @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 15%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9402 Government and Politics > 940299 Government and Politics not elsewhere classified @ 35%
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