An economy ill-suited to younger workers: Child and youth workforce participation in colonial Queensland, 1886-1901

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Title An economy ill-suited to younger workers: Child and youth workforce participation in colonial Queensland, 1886-1901
Author Bowden, Bradley
Journal Name Australian Economic History Review
Editor P. van der Eng & Martin Shanahan
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Blackwell
Abstract This article explores the extend and significance of child and youth work in late 19th century Australia. It demonstrates that, while demographic changes meant that almost half the population was aged 19 years or less, this age cohort never comprised more than 18 per cent of the recorded workforce. It is argued that this underrepresentation reflects the fact that children and youths were ill-suited to the work demands of most colonial occupations. They did not threaten the position of adult males in the key areas of the economy such as construction, heavy engineering, pastoral wok, mining and transport. Keywords: child labour, demographic economics, history, labour demand, Queensland
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Volume 46
Issue Number 2
Page from 111
Page to 129
ISSN 0004-8992
Date Accessioned 2006-07-19
Date Available 2007-08-07T04:37:58Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Economic History; Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13998
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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