This exercise is an in-depth historical study of a focussed topic and period,
demonstrating research, writing and analytical skills. It is based on Weeks 1-9.
Questions (Choose ONE):
- How did traditional Aboriginal societies manage their material resources and with
what consequences for their economic and social life?
- ‘I split the rock;/ I felled the tree:/The nation was-/Because of me!’ How well does
the poet Mary Gilmore’s description capture convicts’ economic contribution to
- Did the Australian economy ride on the sheep’s back in the nineteenth century?
- How did gold influence Australian economic development up to 1870?
- What can the depressions of the 1840s, 1890s and 1930s tell us about change and
stability in the Australian economy?
- ‘The half-century 1890-1940 was, materially, a disappointment.’ (Geoffrey Blainey,
The Story of Australia’s People: The Rise and Rise of a New Australia, p. 286). Discuss.
- How did the experience of world war (1914-18 and 1939-45) affect Australia’s
- What were the major economic characteristics of Australia’s version of the postWorld War 2 ‘affluent society’?
- How the mining boom change Australia’s economy in the 1960s and 1970s?
- How effectively did Australian policy-makers grapple with the end of the long boom
between 1973 and 1982?
- What drove economic reform during the Hawke era (1983-91)?