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People and Politics in Regional New South Wales

People and Politics in Regional New South Wales

Volume 2 - the 1950s to 2006

Edited by Jim Hagan

People and Politics in Regional New South Wales 1950-2006, Volume Two, recounts half a century of democratic government at a time when old certainties were undermined and established economies were uprooted.

It is the story initially of a settled world re-established after the trauma of drought and depression and the trials of war. But the economic and social winds blow, some warm, some chill: old industries die and employment with them; towns wither. Education and technology and lifestyle become the drivers of new economies. The coastal regions boom, and universities replace agriculture and mining as hubs for inland economies and employment.

Each region changes in its own direction, and the electors want representation reflecting their local world. The established parties struggle to satisfy these new, changing and sometimes competing demands. The day of the independent dawns

This book recounts the political history of each of the eleven regions of country NSW in the second half of the 20th century. It shows how the different regions with varying and changing problems found political solutions to their particular local issues. It is the story of the men and women who took part in state politics at the local level. It explains why some people were elected to parliament, and what they promised, and why others were rejected. It is full of names and places and events, and provides a fresh and unparalleled view of New South Wales.

Volume One can also be purchased as an individual Volume, or as part of the Two Volume Set.

Sesquicentenary 1856-2006 Responsible Government in New South Wales   A NSW Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government publication.


    Foreword - Rodney Cavalier
    Jim Hagan
    The Northern Rivers
    Bradley Bowden
    The Midnorth Coast
    Jim Hagan and Rob Castle
    The Hunter
    Bradley Bowden
    The Illawarra
    Henry Lee and Jim Hagan
    The Southeast
    Jim Hagan and Glen Mitchell
    The New England
    Andrew Messner and Frank Bongiorno
    The Central West
    Robert Tierney
    The Riverina
    Jim Hagan, Ken Turner and Nancy Blacklow
    The Murray
    Bruce Pennay
    The Northwest
    Duncan Waterson
    The Far West
    Bradon Ellem and John Shields
    Jim Hagan



    Published 25 July 2006
    Publisher The Federation Press
    ISBN 9781862875722
    Australian RRP $34.95
    International Price $30.00
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    Australian History / Studies

    NSW Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government

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