Australian Stock Man



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If the gold miner (object 2011.45.3) entered the wilderness and returned with treasure, the "stock man" went one further, "squatting" on land and never returning. Ranchers commandeered great swathes of Australia in the nineteenth century, driving off or killing the indigenous population and fencing the land off to keep them out. The cattle brought wealth and prosperity to the ranchers and their investors in the cities of the coast, and as in Canada, they were seen as the pioneers of the Imperial frontier.

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