The Rush That Never Ended: A History of Australian Mining

The Rush That Never Ended A History of Australian Mining Three decades after publication The Rush that Never Ended provides an account of an important part of Australia s economic history New chapters tell the story of the changes in mining in the last

Three decades after publication, The Rush that Never Ended provides an account of an important part of Australia s economic history New chapters tell the story of the changes in mining in the last 20 years.

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  1. Geoffrey Norman Blainey AC is a prominent Australian historian He attended Wesley College and the University of Melbourne He was appointed to a teaching post at the University of Melbourne in 1962, becoming Professor of Economic History in 1968, Professor of History in 1977, and then Dean of Melbourne s Faculty of Arts in 1982 From 1994 to 1998 Blainey was foundation Chancellor at the University of Ballarat.His first major project in the 1950s was, as an author and researcher working on the history of the Mount Lyell Mining and Railway Company, at Queenstown, Tasmania when a significant number of the older residents could remember the beginnings of the community The resultant book is one of the few company and local histories in Australia to achieve six editions He has since published 32 books, including his highly acclaimed A Short History Of The World His works have ranged from sports and local histories to interpreting the motives behind British settlement of Australia in The Tyranny of Distance, covering over two centuries of human conflict in The Causes of War, and examining the optimism and pessimism in Western society since 1750 in The Great See Saw.Blainey has, at times, been a controversial figure too In the 1980s, he criticised the level of Asian immigration to Australia and the policy of multiculturalism in speeches, articles and a book All for Australia He has been closely aligned with the former Liberal National coalition government of John Howard in Australia, with Howard shadowing Blainey s conservative views on some issues, especially the view that Australian history has been hijacked by social liberals As a result of these stances, Blainey is sometimes associated with right wing politics.Blainey has been an important but low key contributor to the debate over Australian history since British settlement, often referred to as the History Wars Blainey coined the term the Black armband view of history to refer to those historians and academics, usually leftist, who accused European Australians of genocide against Aborigines Blainey referred to the contrasting positive histories as the three cheers school Although Blainey s book Triumph of the Nomads was considered to be a scholarly study into the history of Australia s original inhabitants, his opinions opposing High Court decisions in favour of Aboriginal land rights put him in the line of fire and led to accusations of racism.

153 Reply to “The Rush That Never Ended: A History of Australian Mining”

  1. Before the review, some context for my opinion read this for a university course on the resource industry I have worked and currently work around the mining industry in Australia I am from Western Australia For those non Australians, this means a unique parochialism resulting from clinging to the western edge of the continent, isolated from the rest of Oz by a vast desert that has become the nation s quarry This produces a certain bipolar character I think Geoffery Blainey once the country s mos [...]


  2. A wonderful book, dense with information Deserves a second reading to glean it all But what can you expect from a history of mining in a major mining country done in under 400 pages Well written and entertaining My only beef with it, is that if you read the back cover you will get something different than you were expecting expecting somewhat modern coverage Over 95% of the book covers mining history up through 1930with the majority of that being the in the 1800 s Only the last 20 pages or so r [...]


  3. This must surely be so out of date as to be useless It doesn t surprise me that it ignored much that was important in the first place.



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