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Promises and Pineapples: Post-First World War Soldier Settlement at Beerburrum, Queensland, 1916-1929

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Johnson, M, Promises and Pineapples: Post-First World War Soldier Settlement at Beerburrum, Queensland, 1916-1929, Australian Journal of Politics and History, 51, (4) pp. 496-512. ISSN 0004-9522 (2005) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/j.1467-8497.2005.00390.x

Abstract

Queensland's post-First World War Soldier Settlement Scheme, begun with noble and optimistic intentions in 1916, officially terminated in 1929 after ignominious failure. There were a number of factors which contributed to the erosion and ultimate destruction of this phase of land settlement, but Commonwealth-State antagonism and the incompetence of many State agricultural advisers were certainly significant elements. Beerburrum, just north of Brisbane, was one of the largest groups of settlements which characterised Queensland's attempts to turn swords into ploughshares. Beerburrum soldier settlers and their families strove valiantly to extract a basic living in the face of overwhelming adversity, and an examination of their circumstances offers a valuable window into the trials and tribulations of the entire scheme.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:History and Archaeology
Research Group:Historical Studies
Research Field:Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Objective Division:Cultural Understanding
Objective Group:Understanding Past Societies
Objective Field:Understanding Past Societies not elsewhere classified
Author:Johnson, M (Dr Murray Johnson)
ID Code:37202
Year Published:2005
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2005-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18
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