Outback shopping: book-keeping records and consumption behaviour

Author(s): Penelope Allison; Lara Band

Year: 2013


The station records from the Kinchega Pastoral Estate (western NSW Australia) include book-keeping records for the Estate’s three main homesteads– Kinchega, Kars and Mulculca between 1892 and 1954.  The late 19th-early 20th century is an important period in Australia’s history, with increasing globalisation, commodification, and communications systems. These records cover the consumption practices associated with Australia’s important pastoral industry, at one of the largest holdings in NSW. The paper will discuss how the invoice books and store journals in this archive are being recorded and analysed to investigate changing shopping and consumption practices at these homesteads. It will discuss the types of data generated from these records, the kinds of questions that can be asked of these data and analytical approaches used address them, with particular reference to the associated data from the excavations carried out at the Old Kinchega Homestead.

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Outback shopping: book-keeping records and consumption behaviour. Penelope Allison, Lara Band. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Leicester, England, U.K. 2013 ( tDAR id: 428506)

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min long: -8.158; min lat: 49.955 ; max long: 1.749; max lat: 60.722 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

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PaperId(s): 351