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Cleansing the dunghill: Water supply and sanitation in Perth 1878 - 1912

Hunt, S.J. and Bolton, G. (1978) Cleansing the dunghill: Water supply and sanitation in Perth 1878 - 1912. Studies in Western Australian History (2). pp. 1-17.

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After half a century of backwardness Western Australia in the 1880s embarked upon an unprecedentedly rapid period of growth. During this era of railway building and the gold rushes the population increased tenfold, to 300,000 in 1912. At the same time the level of prosperity and of expected living standards improved markedly. Demands for the provision of public services grew much faster than the availability of resources to meet them or of civil servants and politicians able to devise solutions to the host of problems which pressed upon them. Models of public administration or private involvement developed in Britain and eastern Australia did not always prove appropriate to local conditions...

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Inquiry
Publisher: University of Western Australia. Centre for Western Australian History
Copyright: 1978 Dept. of History, The University of Western Australia
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