The pastoral families of the Hunter Valley, 1880-1914
The Hunter valley in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries was a burgeoning rural society. Its population of humans, cattle, sheep and horses grew rapidly. The number of its farms increased from 5,000 in 1885 to over 11,000 by 1914. Although legal and social attacks were launched on the unequal distribution of property in this society between 1880 and 1914, the economic structure remained fairly stable. While the community as a whole grew richer, the rich grew richer too. The...[Show more]
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