From 1915 to the early 1980's : a history of Queensland

Fitzgerald, Ross From 1915 to the early 1980's : a history of Queensland. St. Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press, 1984.

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Author Fitzgerald, Ross
Title From 1915 to the early 1980's : a history of Queensland
Place of Publication St. Lucia, Qld.
Publisher University of Queensland Press
Publication year 1984
Sub-type Other
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
ISBN 0702217344
Language eng
Total number of pages 653
Subjects 430101 History - Australian
Formatted Abstract/Summary

My previous volume. From the Dreaming to 1915, published in 1982 demonstrated how a particularly Western idea of progress and development, derived from the philosophers of the European Enlightenment, shaped and directed the course of Queensland history from white settlement onwards. Although the extraordinarily optimistic ideas of Turgot, Condorcet, Comte and Saint-Simon, for example, focussed on the progress of the human mind (and also on cultural development), in Queensland, as in the rest of Austraha, it was the intoxicating vision of economic progress and dominance over the material universe that especially took hold. This notion of progress and the attitude to the land and living things that it entailed - nature in all its forms was to be conquered and subdued - which had characterized nineteenth century Queensland, carried over unchanged in most essential aspects into the twentieth century. So, too, did the domination of males who in the parties and organizations they controlled continued to articulate this materialist notion of progress. As we shall see, with the partial exception of T.J. Ryan's allegedly "socialistic" 1915-19 government, in Queensland an overriding commitment to "progress" and material development manifested itself in policy and political action, despite whether allegedly "conservative" or "pro-Labor" groups were in power.

As I pointed out in the prologue to From the Dreaming to 1915, all history is a tale told from a particular point of view. One of the many difficulties involved in telling this story is that it ends in the early 1980s (unless otherwise indicated, the cut-off point is 30 June, 1982). Given that one does not have the benefit of the future already ordering the past, writing contemporary history presents special problems. The burden of selection for the historian becomes more onerous the closer one approaches the present; moreover the inevitable subjectivity involved in the selection of relevant facts and their interpretation is more apparent than in writing about the more distant past. Thus it is important to make exphcit that the key to this volume is the way in which a commitment to "progress" and the economic development of the state has affected the land, flora and fauna, institutions and peoples of Queensland.

In November 1919 the Queensland Labour Party changed its name to the Australian Labor Party - Queensland Branch. For the sake of consistency I have used the spelhng "Labor" throughout this book except in the case of the North Queensland Labour Party, which retained the "traditional" spelling as part of its separate identity. A large part of the book covers Queensland history before the introduction of decimal currency (1966) and metric measurements (1970), so amounts of money have been given in our former currency, and measurements in imperial units, where appropriate.

Unless otherwise indicated, bibliographical details of Queensland state parliamentarians have been gleaned from various editions of Who's Who in Australia, the Queensland Parliamentary Handbook, D. B. Waterson, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1860-1929 (Canberra: ANU Press, 1972), and D. B. Waterson and John Arnold, A Biographical Register of the Queensland Parliament 1930-1980, with An Outline Atlas of Queensland Electorates 1859-1980 (Canberra: ANU Press, 1982).
Keyword Queensland -- History
Queensland -- History -- 20th century
Q-Index Code AX
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Additional Notes Sequel to: From the Dreaming to 1915 : a history of Queensland. Later ed. entitled: A history of Queensland: from 1915 to the early 1980's.

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