Labour and Industry in Australia: Volume 1

Labour and Industry in Australia: Volume 1 : From the First Settlement in 1788 to the Establishment of the Commonwealth in 1901

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Sir Timothy Coghlan (1855-1926) was the statistician for New South Wales from 1886. He produced the world's first example of national financial accounts, and is regarded as Australia's first 'mandarin'. His advice was sought by state and federal governments on matters as diverse as tax, public sanitation and infant mortality. In 1905 he took up an appointment as a New South Wales government agent in London, remaining there for the rest of his life. First published in 1918, this monumental book is Coghlan's very personal history of Australia, embracing materials, population growth, trade and land. Population growth and its importance for economic prosperity had always interested Coghlan. In Volume 1, he emphasizes the initial difficulties presented to economic growth by a population consisting mostly of convicts. With many statistical data, he also explores early immigration, trade, land distribution and attempts at agriculture.show more

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  • Electronic book text
  • CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1139013084
  • 9781139013086

Table of contents

Preface; Part I. From the Foundation of Settlement to the Crossing of the Mountains: 1. Introduction to the first period; 2. The assignment system; 3. Musters; 4. Wages and working hours; 5. The currency; 6. Land policy; 7. The genesis of the wool industry in Australia; 8. The industries of the period; 9. Trade and prices; Part II. From the Crossing of the Mountains to the Abolition of the Assignment System: 1. Introduction to the second period; 2. Convict labour. Assignment; 3. Free labour; 4. Immigration; 5. The occupation of land; 6. Agricultural and pastoral pursuits; 7. The currency; 8. Trade and prices; Part III. From the Abolition of the Assignment System to the Discovery of Gold: 1. Introduction to the third period; 2. Transportation; 3. Immigration; 4. Land legislation in New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia; 5. Land legislation and settlement in South Australia, and the Wakefield theory of colonization; 6. Labour and wages; 7. Prices; 8. Financial crisis of 1841, 1842, and 1843; 9. Industries; Part IV. From the Discovery of Gold to the Introduction of Free Selection of Land before Survey: 1. Introduction to the fourth period; 2. The end of the convict system; 3. The discovery of gold in Australia.show more