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Grandiose plans, but insignificant outcomes: The development of colonial ports at Twofold Bay, New South Wales

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In the nineteenth century, a succession of claims was made that the ports of Twofold Bay, on the New South Wales South Coast, would contest Sydney's dominance. This paper examines the period between 1820 and 1920 to explain why the ports of Twofold Bay - Boydtown and Eden - never sustained their challenge to Sydney's economic hegemony. These small ports provide an interesting insight into the economic marginalisation of localities by the process of colonisation. Twofold Bay is examined within Rimmer's spatial model of port development. Uneven port development is examined as the geographical expression of several colonisation processes; firstly, the emergence of a port hierarchy (or dominance ranking); secondly, changes in the organisation of maritime space; and thirdly, improved internal accessibility.

Publication Date


  • 1997

Citation


  • Waitt, G., & Hartig, K. (1997). Grandiose plans, but insignificant outcomes: The development of colonial ports at Twofold Bay, New South Wales. Australian Geographer, 28(2), 201-218. doi:10.1080/00049189708703193

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0031423029

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 201

End Page


  • 218

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 2

Abstract


  • In the nineteenth century, a succession of claims was made that the ports of Twofold Bay, on the New South Wales South Coast, would contest Sydney's dominance. This paper examines the period between 1820 and 1920 to explain why the ports of Twofold Bay - Boydtown and Eden - never sustained their challenge to Sydney's economic hegemony. These small ports provide an interesting insight into the economic marginalisation of localities by the process of colonisation. Twofold Bay is examined within Rimmer's spatial model of port development. Uneven port development is examined as the geographical expression of several colonisation processes; firstly, the emergence of a port hierarchy (or dominance ranking); secondly, changes in the organisation of maritime space; and thirdly, improved internal accessibility.

Publication Date


  • 1997

Citation


  • Waitt, G., & Hartig, K. (1997). Grandiose plans, but insignificant outcomes: The development of colonial ports at Twofold Bay, New South Wales. Australian Geographer, 28(2), 201-218. doi:10.1080/00049189708703193

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-0031423029

Web Of Science Accession Number


Start Page


  • 201

End Page


  • 218

Volume


  • 28

Issue


  • 2