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Lines across the landscape: history, impact and heritage of Australian rural fences

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posted on 2022-03-28, 11:18 authored by John Pickard
Rural fences are ubiquitous but invisible cultural objects in Australian landscapes. thesis I bring them into the foreground starting with their social context and role in Australian culture. The history of technological changes from shepherding to modern fences is described with many examples including railway and vermin fences. Rabbit-proof fences and government-funded barrier fences in Victoria and NSW are documented in detail. Fences both impact on the environment and indicate environmental change. Obsolete fences are valuable historic heritage recording land settlement and management, but they are impossible to conserve.


Alternative Title

Lines across the landscape: fencing rural Australia.

Table of Contents

Section 1. Introduction: "Fences? study fences?" -- Section 2. History of Australian rural fences -- Section 3. "Special" fences: hedges, walls, ditches and banks, railway, and roadside wildlife fences -- Section 4. Vermin and barrier fences: keeping pests out -- Section 5. Rural fences and the environment: impacts and indicators -- Section 6. The historic heritage of Australian rural fences -- Section 7. Integration: fencing rural Australia -- Section 8. Core papers


"All material in this thesis is copyright © John Pickard 1992-2010 except where the copyright is already vested. Includes bibliographical references Submitted for examination 8 July 2010" "Approved by Academic Senate 16 November 2010" "The title of this thesis Lines across the landscape has been a trademark (TM) of John Pickard since 1992."

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


Thesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environment and Geography

Department, Centre or School

Department of Environment and Geography

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Patricia Fanning

Additional Supervisor 1

Geoffrey Humphreys

Additional Supervisor 2

Damian B. Gore


Copyright disclaimer: Copyright John Pickard 2010.




xvi, 799 p., ill. (chiefly col.), maps

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