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Distance, Drought and Dispossession: A History of the Northern Territory Pastoral Industry

Cooper, W. and McLaren, G. (2001). Distance, Drought and Dispossession: A History of the Northern Territory Pastoral Industry. Darwin, N.T.: Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press).

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Author Cooper, W.
McLaren, G.
Title Distance, Drought and Dispossession: A History of the Northern Territory Pastoral Industry
Place of Publication Darwin, N.T.
Publisher Charles Darwin University Press (CDU Press)
Publication Year 2001
ISBN 9781876248567   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Total Pages 212
Language English
Field of Research 0701 - Agriculture, Land and Farm Management
Abstract This history of the Northern Territory pastoral industry outlines how, for almost a century, cattlemen were subject to the tyrannies of distance and drought. Distance vitally affected time and cost of travel, income and quality of life. Similarly, geographic and environmental factors - especially drought - determined stocking rates, created mustering problems and affected the quality of livestock turned off, and overall profitability. This book then describes how, with the end of the packhorse era in the 1960s and 1970s, and the introduction of aerial mustering, two-way radios and satellite communications, Beef Roads and road trains, and efficient and economical water boring equipment, cattlemen gained much greater control over their operations. The authors consider, however, that Land Rights, which are the consequence of Aboriginal dispossession, will continue to affect pastoral operations for the foreseeable future.
Keyword Northern Australia
Environment & NRM
Law & Business
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