This thesis is a study of the responses of supply to the surges in the demand for
imports which occurred in Victoria during the gold rushes of the 1850s. The growth of
gold-mining income and the growth of population raised the demand for imports, and
the organization of a supply response to this was an important element in the reaction of
economic activity to the gold rushes. The principal contribution of this thesis is an
increase in the understanding of the institutional and economic...[Show more]
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