A Land Fit for Heroes. A Social, Cultural and Environmental History of Soldier Settlement in New South Wales, 1916-1939.

  • Scates, Bruce, (Primary Chief Investigator (PCI))
  • Oppenheimer, Melanie (Chief Investigator (CI))
  • Yeats, Christine (Partner Investigator (PI))

    Project: Research

    Project Description

    Vast tracts of NSW were settled by returned soldiers in the aftermath of the Great War. This study will assess the successes and failures of NSW s soldier settlement scheme, linking it to the long quest to raise an industrious yeomanry on Australian soil. It will address emerging themes in transnational and environmental history, enrich regional/community histories and recover the largely forgotten experience of soldier settlers and their families as they battled with the land. A timely study based on recently opened archives, it will reach out to a wide and diverse audience. Outcomes will include a monograph, a PhD thesis, library guides, public lectures, an exhibition and a website profiling all the state s 9000 soldier settlers.
    Effective start/end date1/07/0831/12/12


    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD25,060.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD44,558.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD28,321.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD44,508.00
    • Australian Research Council (ARC)
    • Department of Veterans' Affairs (Comm): AUD20,000.00
    • Department of Veterans' Affairs (Comm): AUD40,000.00
    • State Records Authority of New South Wales