• Les Oxley
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Economic History book series (PEHS)


Both Australia and New Zealand share similar historical characteristics, having European, typically British, settler origins. This chapter discusses the two original economic drivers of this world region: agriculture and mining. Differences between Australia and New Zealand discussed here include the enfranchisement of indigenous populations, land use and ownership structures, sources and nature of immigration and the management of natural resources.

JEL Classification

N17 N47 N57 N77 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Les Oxley
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  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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