Australia before Federation Workshop: 23rd June

The ANU Centre for Economic History will hold a workshop on “Australia before Federation” at the ANU on 23rd June 2023. It will bring together experts on the Australian economy in the late nineteenth century.

The workshop will be held in the Gruen Suite, first floor of the Arndt building (25A).

Join in for this exciting programme of presentations. Any queries please contact:


8.45 – 9.00am: Welcome

9.00 - 10.30am: Session 1

Sumner La Croix (Hawai’i): "The Transition to Responsible Government and Universal White Male Suffrage in the Australian Colonies during the 1850s.”

John Wilson (South Australia): "Wage Differentials and Amenities for Tasmania."

10.30 – 11am: Tea/coffee

11.00 – 12.30pm: Session 2

Frank Liu (Western Australia): “Gold Fever? Investor Experience & Share Ownership during the Australian Gold Mining Booms, 1857-1886.”

Monica Keneley (Deakin): "Business Strategies Under Conditions of Uncertainty: The Progress of British Insurers in Colonial Australia."

12.30 – 1.30pm: Light lunch

Lunchtime Book Launch: Many Possible Worlds: An Interdisciplinary History of the World Economy Since 1800, by Cameron Gordon (ANU). Launched by Martine Mariotti (ANU).

1.30 – 3.00pm: Session 3

Simon Ville (Wollongong): “Australian Innovative Activity and Offshore Technology since 1854."

Florian Ploeckl (Adelaide): “(Statistical) Similarities and Differences between Postal Services in Australia”

3.00-3.30pm Tea/coffee

3.30 – 5.00pm: Session 4

David Gilchrist (Western Australia): “Colonial Socialism and the Western Australian Difference.”

Tim Hatton (Essex/ANU): "The Political Economy of Assisted Immigration: Australia 1860-1913.”

5.00pm: Close

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