Watering the garden state: water, land and community in Victoria, 1834-1988

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Abstract

The supreme importance of water resources to Australian society is traced, with specific reference to the most densely populated state, Victoria. The individual chapters relate the history from 1834 discussing: community adaptation to settlement planning for squatters, miners, immigrants and colonials; conservation and water management; expansion and consolidation of statutory bodies following the creation of the Department of Water Resources in 1984; and finally the effects of regionalism, environmentalism, urban conflict and institutional reform. Concludes with an appendix containing a brief chronology of significant events regarding water from 1853 to 1987. -from Author

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWatering the garden state
Subtitle of host publicationwater, land and community in Victoria, 1834-1988
PublisherAllen & Unwin
ISBN (Print)0043600743, 0043640249, 9780043600740, 9780043640241
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1989

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