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Title: Review of Brett J. Stubbs, 'The Gold Digger's Arms: Pubs of the Upper Clarence River District, New South Wales'. East Lismore, NSW: Tankard Books, PO Box 5098, 2009). Soft covers, A4 format. Pp. viii, 120. 53 Figures, mainly original photographs. $30.00, postage free within Australia
Contributor(s): Ryan, John S  (author)
Publication Date: 2009
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Abstract: How to review a work amazingly 'sui generis'? The title of this neat A4 sized volume - like its cover - focuses the reader on a series of variously spaced hamlets, long-time micro-communities once socially significant, but historically valuable in the Upper Clarence District of northern New South Wales. Unlike so many local histories with a funding source and so a focus in local government and its obvious tourist beckoning interests, this work is a curiosity driven labour of love, illustrated by photographs from varied minor collections in parts of Eastern Australia. And, as the several hundred footnotes make clear, this has been an enormously difficult assemblage of the relevant facts - numbers, dates, details in official reports - from a bewildering array of forgotten documents, reports and newspaper references. In short, it has gone to the vestigial sources with tenacity and particularity.
Publication Type: Review
Source of Publication: Australian Folklore, v.24, p. 258-260
Publisher: Australian Folklore Association
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 0819-0852
Field of Research (FOR): 200203 Consumption and Everyday Life
200211 Postcolonial Studies
210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 950503 Understanding Australias Past
950304 Conserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology
HERDC Category Description: D3 Review of Single Work
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