Labour and Industry in Australia

Edition: 1st
Format: Paperback
Pub. Date: 2011-05-02
Publisher(s): Cambridge Univ Pr
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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.

Table of Contents

From the Foundation of Settlement to the Crossing of the Mountains
Introduction to the first period
The assignment system
Wages and working hours
The currency
Land policy
The genesis of the wool industry in Australia
The industries of the period
Trade and prices
From the Crossing of the Mountains to the Abolition of the Assignment System
Introduction to the second period
Convict labour. Assignment
Free labour
The occupation of land
Agricultural and pastoral pursuits
The currency
Trade and prices
From the Abolition of the Assignment System to the Discovery of Gold
Introduction to the third period
Land legislation in New South Wales, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia
Land legislation and settlement in South Australia, and the Wakefield theory of colonization
Labour and wages
Financial crisis of 1841, 1842, and 1843
From the Discovery of Gold to the Introduction of Free Selection of Land before Survey
Introduction to the fourth period
The end of the convict system
The discovery of gold in Australia
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