A world dominated by youth: child and youth labour in Queensland, 1885-1900

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Title A world dominated by youth: child and youth labour in Queensland, 1885-1900
Author Bowden, Bradley
Publication Title The Past is before us: Proceedings of the ninth national labour history conference
Editor Greg Patmore, John Shields, Nikola Balnave
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Australian Society for Study of Labour History and the Business and Labour History Group
Abstract One of the key characteristics of late nineteenth century labour was its youth. During the period 1885 to 1900 this attribute was particularly pronounced in Queensland where nearly half the population was under 20 years of age. While labour historians have long recognised that child and youth labour was associated with sub-standard employment, little attention has been paid to the ways in which this disproportionately large demographic shaped both the operation of the overall labour market and patterns of trade union organisation. This paper argues that both can only be understood in the context of the labour supply pressures exerted by an exceptionally large youth cohort. The wide-scale use of child labour was, however, a product of specific temporal and geographic experiences. By 1900 the nation's demographic profile was rapidly maturing as the birth rate slowed dramatically.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
ISBN 0-9757670-0-3
Conference name Ninth National Labour History Conference
Location Sydney
Date From 2005-06-30
Date To 2005-07-02
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2885
Date Accessioned 2005-12-06
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Economic History
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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