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The Tasmanian timber trade, 1830-1930 : a case study in spatial interaction


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Row, M 1977 , 'The Tasmanian timber trade, 1830-1930 : a case study in spatial interaction', Honours thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Tasmania was a forested land when first sighted by
Europeans. It remains essentially a forested land. The forests
of Tasmania have served man well. Captain Bligh and other early
seafaring explorers found i.n the forest the means for their
continued survival. Colonizing Europeans sought in them self sufficiency,
others turned to them for commercial gain. The
list of their uses continues to grow water catchments, recreational
areas, and wilderness retreats. The forests are ubiquitous yet
the usual image of Tasmania is not of a forested land. A source of
wonder and delight, and also of dismay and despair, the forests have
beckoned and hindered settlement. In return the settlers have
reshaped the landscape through their particular uses of the land but
the forest has prevailed over large areas of the state.

This account of the Tasmanian export timber trade is
the beginning of a larger study on the geography of the timber
industry over the same one hundred years. Since the only clues
to some aspects of the timber industry are contained within the
trade statistics, they became the starting point. The story of
the Tasmanian timber trade is presented as a systematic study of
change integrating narrative and a topical approach. The earlier
chapters are descriptive, emphasizing the changes as they occurred
over time and attempting to set events and trends within their
proper context. The images held of Tasmanian fnrest as a wealthcreating
resource are examined in Chapter 2 for contemporary
attitudes and expectations, while the following chapter assesses
the performance of the forest-base.d export trade by reference to
its importance in the State trade economy and by comparison with
the export timber trade of another Australian state. Included in
Chapter 3 is a description of the evolution of the Tasmanian timber
trade. The analysis of the detailed trade statistics in
Chapter 4 enables a picture of the nature of the trade to be
constructed and Chapter 5 outlines the factors responsible for this
pattern of trade.

Item Type: Thesis - Honours
Authors/Creators:Row, M
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