Monday, July 09, 2012

Podcast - Social Change in New England 1950-2000

Because of the topic, this is a cross-post on three blogs.

In April of last year, I delivered seminar paper in Armidale on Social Change in New England 1950-2000. While I knew that it was being recorded, I didn't know until last week that it was on line as a podcast.  I had a cold plus too much material, but still it's a record of some of my work.

You will find the podcast here.


Anonymous said...

55% of New South Wales' indigenous population resided in New England in 1971? That really is an amazing stat. I'd be really interested to know what the South Coast stat was; I would have thought fairly significant.

Also, Jim, you've mentioned Don Aitken's book a number of times. Probably time I went out and bought a copy. Thanks for a most interesting link.


Jim Belshaw said...

No, kvd, much smaller as it is today. I don't have the original source unpacked, but remember that the South Coast River Valleys are much smaller. There is no equivalent to the Hunter or Northern Rivers, then you hit the Alps.

The Aboriginal percentages are strongly affected by self-identification. New England had lots of identified Aboriginal communities. Once you get into, say, Sydney, Aboriginal people who had broken out did not claim to be Aboriginal.

In fact, the stats overstate Sydney's share in a way because the Sydney Aboriginal community included a large number who had come from New England in serach of a better life.

I would be interested in your reactions on Don's book.