Song of the Artesian Water: aridity, drought and disputation along Queensland's pastoral frontier in Australia

Powell, O. C. (2012) Song of the Artesian Water: aridity, drought and disputation along Queensland's pastoral frontier in Australia. Rangeland Journal, 34 3: 305-317. doi:10.1071/RJ12014


Author Powell, O. C.
Title Song of the Artesian Water: aridity, drought and disputation along Queensland's pastoral frontier in Australia
Journal name Rangeland Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1036-9872
1834-7541
Publication date 2012-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1071/RJ12014
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 305
End page 317
Total pages 13
Place of publication Collingwood, VIC, Australia
Publisher C S I R O Publishing
Language eng
Subject 1105 Dentistry
2303 Ecology
Formatted abstract
Following the recent discovery of artesian supplies, the Shearers' Strike of 1891 and the onset of the Federation drought (18951902), A. B. 'Banjo' Paterson's Song of the Artesian Water, published in 1896, was written at a time of profound social and environmental upheaval in the 'bush' of Australia. In order to better understand the historical encounters between colonial capitalism and semiarid rangeland environments, this paper unpacks the cultural meaning behind Song of the Artesian Water by exploring the interactions between water, scientific knowledge, drought and environmental transformation along the pastoral frontier of Queensland. Banjo Paterson's poem is used as a framework to provide an historical interpretation of European exploitation of the Great Artesian Basin as well as a framework for current economic uses and environmental threats.
Keyword Aridity
Artesian well
Drought
Environmental conflict
Water resources
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
 
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