The curious case of the disappearing gold mining town: the cultural landscape of the Clohesy River Gold Field, North Queensland
Thorp, Justine (2003) The curious case of the disappearing gold mining town: the cultural landscape of the Clohesy River Gold Field, North Queensland. Journal of Australasian Mining History, 1 (1). pp. 144-158.
|PDF (Published Version) - Repository staff only - Requires a PDF viewer such as GSview, Xpdf or Adobe Acrobat Reader|
View at Publisher Website: http://www.mininghistory.asn.au/wp-conte...
[Extract] Locating a definition of 'cultural landscape' is not difficult. The notion is, however, like sand blowing in the wind. It swirls seemingly without direction of purpose. This is because it is a concept of importance to many disciplines ranging from the sciences through to the humanities. Accordingly, it can be defined as the material manifestation of the relation between humans and the environment where the cultural landscape manifests the contradictory resolution between human acts and acts of nature. It is not a static concept; movement of people, information or crops across the landscape is inherent in this dynamic process of change. A cultural landscape can be viewed thematically in an effort to understand its complexities - as nature, as wealth, as an artifact, as a habitat, as an ideology, as history or as heritage. In this context it is possible to see quite clearly how people allocate value and meaning to a landscape and equally how 'contested meanings' arise. When a 'place' loses its meaning and value and is not recreated, is 'forgotten', when it 'disappears', one has to consider what happened to it. Conventional analysis does not allow us to do this.
|Item Type:||Article (Refereed Research - C1)|
This publication does not have an abstract. The first paragraph of this publication is displayed as the abstract. No current JCU email address available.
|Keywords:||Australian history; gold mining; North Queensland|
|FoR Codes:||21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210399 Historical Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%|
|SEO Codes:||84 MINERAL RESOURCES (excl. Energy Resources) > 8401 Mineral Exploration > 840105 Precious (Noble) Metal Ore Exploration @ 100%|
|Deposited On:||30 Nov 2010 12:35|
|Last Modified:||12 Feb 2011 03:59|
Last 12 Months: 1
Repository Staff Only: item control page