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Growing Incomes, Growing People In Nineteenth-Century Tasmania


Inwood, K and Maxwell-Stewart, HJ and Oxley, D and Stankovich, J, Growing Incomes, Growing People In Nineteenth-Century Tasmania, Australian Economic History Review, 55, (2) pp. 187-211. ISSN 0004-8992 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1111/aehr.12071


The earliest measures of well-being for Europeans born in the Pacific region are heights and wages in Tasmania. Evidence of rising stature in middle decades of the nineteenth century survives multiple checks for measurement, compositional, and selection bias. The challenge to health and stature seen in other settler societies (the ‘antebellum paradox’) is not visible here. We sketch an interpretation for the simultaneous rise of Tasmanian stature and per capita gross domestic product based on relatively slow population growth and urbanisation, a decline in food cost per family member available from a worker’s wage, and early recognition of the importance of public health.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Anthropometric history, height, history of health, historical criminology
Research Division:History, Heritage and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical studies
Research Field:Australian history
Objective Division:Expanding Knowledge
Objective Group:Expanding knowledge
Objective Field:Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology
UTAS Author:Maxwell-Stewart, HJ (Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart)
UTAS Author:Stankovich, J (Dr Jim Stankovich)
ID Code:102029
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:8
Deposited By:School of Humanities
Deposited On:2015-07-23
Last Modified:2018-03-08

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