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Staking a Claim: Eight Mt Isa novels

  • Cheryl Taylor (a1)

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Mt Isa's story is an Australian foundation epic. Only heroic struggle could have dug the mine and built the city a thousand kilometres from the nearest deepwater port, in a scorched red landscape sparsely dotted with spinifex and eucalypts. In Mines in the spinifex (1970), Geoffrey Blainey celebrates the fortitude of the prospectors and entrepreneurs who overcame these obstacles to found what he calls ‘the greatest Australian mine of the [twentieth] century’ (1970: 64).

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Blainey, Geoffrey 1970 [1960]. Mines in the spinifex: the story of Mount Isa Mines, rev ed.Sydney: Angus & Robertson.
Brown, Kay 1976. Knock ten. Sydney: Wentworth Books.
Casey, Gavin 1992. ‘Short-shift Saturday’, in Hergenhan, L. (ed.), The Australian short story: A collection 1890s–1990s. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, pp. 7099.
Collins, Betty 1996 [1966]. The copper crucible: a novel, new ed., intro. Ian Syson. St Lucia: University of Queensland Press.
Croft, Julian 1988. ‘Responses to modernism, 1915–1965’. In Hergenhan, L. (ed.), The Penguin new literary history of Australia. Ringwood: Penguin, pp. 409–29.
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Syson, Ian 1995. ‘A copper tale: literature in the Isa’, Coppertales: A Journal of Rural Arts 2, 5765.

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  • Cheryl Taylor (a1)

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