What if the Burdekin was never bridged?

White, Patrick (2021) What if the Burdekin was never bridged? Sūdō Journal, 3 ('Burning Bridges'). pp. 11-23.

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Abstract

The banks of the flood-prone Burdekin River were connected by modern infrastructure in 1957. The opening of a massive steel bridge over the river was a major milestone in the development of northern Australia. Recognised as one of the nation's engineering marvels, the high-level steel bridge transformed the connection between northeast Queensland and the rest of the Australian nation south of the flood prone river. Yet what if the construction project had failed? The following counterfactual history explores one possible consequence, which has implications for the entire Australian nation.

Research Statement

Research Background The research for this piece involved conventional historiographic methodology which involves the scrutiny, analysis, and contextualisation of archival and secondary texts.
Research Contribution The research is a contribution to the sub-disciplines of political and environmental history. This creative work contributes to Australian society's understanding of the role of infrastructure in connecting rural and remote communities and assisting the process of nation-building.
Research Significance This creative work challenges readers to consider the political and social consequences of major development projects, specifically those which transform or overcome the natural environment.
Item ID: 68569
Item Type: Creative Work (Original Work - Textual Work)
ISSN: 2652-1776
Keywords: Burdekin River; Northern Development; Carpentaria; Counterfactual
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Copyright Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2021 01:55
FoR Codes: 43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 50%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3699 Other creative arts and writing > 369999 Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130203 Literature @ 25%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1307 Understanding past societies > 130703 Understanding Australia’s past @ 50%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130103 The creative arts @ 25%
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