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Sir James Mitchell: A great Western Australian

Crossland, Judith (2011) Sir James Mitchell: A great Western Australian. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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Sir James Mitchell was a man with a passion and vision for a prosperous Western Australia, the land of his birth. His faith in Western Australia’s potential to become a thriving agricultural producing state drove him to fight for, and implement, policies which left his political colleagues in doubtful bewilderment. Nothing however, could dim his vision.

This thesis is a study of Sir James’s Mitchell’s political personality and some of his achievements. These include, the Empire Settlement Scheme of 1922, the opening up and rapid development of the wheatbelt and his successes and challenges associated with this development throughout Western Australia between 1905 and 1933.

In writing this dissertation I have been profoundly impacted by the discovery of the political character of Sir James Mitchell the politician who was also my grandfather, and intrigued by how the public figure identifies with the family figure who was very much part of my childhood and early adult years.

Sir James Mitchell lived to see Western Australia’s agricultural industries become one of the state’s major sources of export revenue. Nearly a century later he is still remembered with respectful affection throughout the state as a great Western Australian.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Social Sciences and Humanities
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Supervisor(s): Gothard, Jan
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