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The decline of agriculture on the Tasman Peninsula, 1970-1990

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Blackwood, William Gerard (1991) The decline of agriculture on the Tasman Peninsula, 1970-1990. Unspecified thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

This thesis examines the development of the economy on the Tasman
Peninsula. It argues that there have been at least five distinct historical
economies. These include the aboriginal economy, the convict period,
free settlement, mixed farming and modern agribusiness. Each of these
five economies has drawn upon the resources of the area, the skills of
the people and available technology to sustain a way of life.
In the period of European settlement, the progression of economic
development has generally been from relative self sufficiency to a
dependent economy strongly controlled by outside influences. Detailed
examination of major enterprises that form part of current agricultural
practices on the Peninsula illustrate this trend. Local orcharding,
dairying and poultry industries have all declined rapidly in recent years
as primary production has become dominated by agribusinesses. The
detail of the loss of local autonomy varies between enterprises but the
overall theme is consistent.
It is shown that a higher degree of local economic self sufficiency might
be attained by careful resurrection of some past practices. This is not to
advocate a return to the past, but to suggest that a future sustainable
local economy can best be secured by striking a balance between the old
and the new.

Item Type: Thesis (Unspecified)
Keywords: Agriculture
Copyright Holders: The Author
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Thesis (M.Env.St.)--University of Tasmania, 1992. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 166-176)

Date Deposited: 25 Nov 2014 00:45
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