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A Land of Dilemma1

Nature volume 96, pages 651652 (10 February 1916) | Download Citation



THE most perplexing Australian problem is that of the Northern Territory, and all interested in the present efforts to solve it will welcome Miss Masson's interesting sketches of that vast land of dilemmas. The book deals with various phases of life and work in the Northern Territory, and records the impression of a keen and sympathetic observer who had unusual opportunities for insight into its present condition and prospects. The work owes part of its charm to its graphic expression of the attractiveness of the country and the author's friendly sympathy with all classes of its people. The first chapter gives an excellent summary of the political history of the Territory, which began with a jealous scramble between South Australia and Queensland, who were inspired by blind lust for acres; it records the slow disillusionment of the successful claimant, the transfer of the country to the Commonwealth, and the attempts now in progress to discover its possibilities and determine the best methods of developing them.

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