The process of settlement: Land occupation and usage in Boonah 1842-1870's

Collyer, Angela (1992). The process of settlement: Land occupation and usage in Boonah 1842-1870's M.A. Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Collyer, Angela
Thesis Title The process of settlement: Land occupation and usage in Boonah 1842-1870's
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1992
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Total pages 324
Language eng
Subjects 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
750501 Ownership of the land
Formatted abstract This thesis examines the methods by which land was freeholded in the Boonah area from the arrival of squatters in 1842 until the domination of most of the area by closer settlement in the 1870s. It proves that in the Boonah area there was little or no antagonism between squatters and selectors.

Reasons for this included the fact that squatters around Boonah had not been aggressive in freeholding their runs as squatters elsewhere were reputed to have done. Thus there was more land available for Boonah selectors. Many of the latter were keen to take up the fertile scrubs, which had been useless to squatters since they contain no grass for grazing. Thus squatters and selectors did not always compete for the same land. The selectors were not dependent on squatters for seasonal work, nor were squatters dependent on selectors for labour, since Boonah squatters generally ran cattle not sheep by the 1870s. Besides, the pace of selection after the 1868 Alienation Act precluded squatters from monopolizing their runs before selectors arrived to take up their blocks.

For all these reasons, closer settlement came to the Boonah area without provoking antagonism between squatters and selectors.
Keyword Land use -- Queensland -- Boonah.
Land settlement -- Queensland -- Boonah.
Squatters -- Queensland -- Boonah.
Boonah (Qld.) -- History.
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