Creating the landscape: A history of settlement and land use in Mount Crosby

Nissen, Judith (1999). Creating the landscape: A history of settlement and land use in Mount Crosby M.A. Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Nissen, Judith
Thesis Title Creating the landscape: A history of settlement and land use in Mount Crosby
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion, and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1999
Thesis type M.A. Thesis
Supervisor -
Total pages 251
Language eng
Subjects 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Formatted abstract The Mount Crosby area of southeast Queensland has been subject to a century and a half of European settlement. During this time, human activity changed the landscape from that of sclerophyll forest-clothed mountains and rainforest-fringed creeks and river, to one of open grazing lands, artificial dams and lakes and eventually, outer Brisbane suburb. In this rugged country where the D'Aguilar Range meets the Brisbane River, topography, infertile and shallow soils, and climate and rainfall patterns influenced the success and failure of various human endeavours. Early sheep grazing and cultivation of cotton and sugar failed due to unsuitable soils, terrain and climate. Later, dairying and beef cattle became moderately successful and, had the nearby thirsty cities not needed expanding sources of water, Mount Crosby would have remained a rural hamlet for much of this century. However, the decision to site a pumping station on the Brisbane River turned the hamlet into a virtual company town boasting employee housing, reticulated water and electricity, and facilities such as a state school, all services not usually associated with a village of sixty or so families. Mount Crosby continued through most of the twentieth century a mix of company town and small rural centre, until the rural residential building boom of the 1970s resulted in extensive subdivision of the former grazing lands and the creation of what is today, virtually a Brisbane suburb. The study traces a succession of land uses in this small near-Brisbane locality, and makes a number of recommendations about action to preserve what is left of Mount Crosby's settlement history.
Keyword Land use -- Queensland -- Mount Crosby -- History
Mount Crosby (Qld.) -- History
Additional Notes The author has given permission for this thesis to be made open access.

 
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