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Estimating the Aboriginal Population in Early Colonial Australia: The Role of Chickenpox Reconsidered

Hunter, Boyd; Carmody, John


Noel Butlin radically altered the debate about the pre-colonial Aboriginal population when he provided a set of hypothetical demographic scenarios, which nonetheless were both grounded in economic theory or human ecological considerations and broadly consistent with what we know about the historical record. This research builds on Butlin's legacy by exploring how his scenarios are consistent with both the medical understandings of the infectiousness and mortality of various diseases and the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Economic History Review
DOI: 10.1111/aehr.12068


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