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 TitleLines across the landscape: fencing rural Australia.
Table of ContentsSection 1. Introduction: "Fences? ...you 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
Notes"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 InstitutionMacquarie University
Degree TypeThesis PhD
DegreeThesis (PhD), Macquarie University, Faculty of Science, Department of Environment and Geography
Department, Centre or SchoolDepartment of Environment and Geography
Year of Award2010
Principal SupervisorPatricia Fanning
Additional Supervisor 1Geoffrey Humphreys
Additional Supervisor 2Damian B. Gore
RightsCopyright disclaimer: http://www.copyright.mq.edu.au
Copyright John Pickard 2010.
Extentxvi, 799 p., ill. (chiefly col.), maps