The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia by Lee, DavidThe Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia by Lee, David

The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of Australia

byLee, David

Hardcover | August 1, 2016

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The Second Rush is a history of the minerals boom in Australia over the half-century from the early 1960s to the end of the China minerals boom in 2012. The earlier substantial mining boom—the gold rush of the nineteenth century—created extraordinary prosperity. However, from 1901 to the 1950s, with a few exceptions, mining descended into the doldrums. In the 1940s mining was regarded as belonging to Australia’s past and not to its future.

The “Second Rush” began unexpectedly from the 1960s with the development of new export industries, the most prominent being coal, iron ore and bauxite. The mining boom turned Australia’s chronic balance of payments around; substantially influenced Australia’s turn to Asia; and underpinned the era of optimism and nationalism of the late 1960s and 1970s. The Second Rush continued through the “resources boom” of the late 1970s and 1980s. At the turn of the new century, few saw any great future for mining after the harder times of the 1980s and 1990s, but then Australia embarked on its greatest boom—the China resources boom from 2002 to 2012. The Second Rush traces the progress of Australia’s second minerals rush over half a century, examining explorers, financiers, managers and engineers, mining companies and their relationship with governments, workers and industrial relations and the impact of mining on the environment and on Australia’s first peoples.  

David Lee is a historian of twentieth century Australian history and foreign policy. His publications include Australia and the World in the Twentieth Century, Melbourne, 2005 and Stanley Melbourne Bruce Australian Internationalist, London and New York, 2010. Since 2012 he has researched the modern history of mining in Australia
Title:The Second Rush: Mining and the Transformation of AustraliaFormat:HardcoverDimensions:464 pages, 8.27 × 5.83 × 1 inPublished:August 1, 2016Publisher:Connor Court Publishing Pty LtdLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1925501140

ISBN - 13:9781925501148


Table of Contents

Introduction1 The Transformation of the Black Coal Industry, 1955-19722 Unlocking the Pilbara: The End of the Iron Ore Export Embargo 1960-19643 The Pilbara Iron Ore Industry, 1964-1972 4 Australia's Rise to World Bauxite Dominance, 1952-1972 5 The Boom in Other Minerals, 1966-1972 6 "Buying Back the Farm": the Whitlam Government and Mining, 1972-1975 7 The Resources Boom, 1976-1982 8 Between Booms - Mining in the 1980s and 1990s 9 The China BoomAfterword Maps NotesBibliography AcknowledgementsIndex