Talk:1917 in Australia

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Corrected statement regarding population[edit]

Deleted the following erroneous and unreferenced assertion:

"As of 1917 Australia's population was still only 5 million, with most people living in scattered rural areas. The sea voyage to Britain took two months, and land transport within Australia itself was slow."[1]

The true situation was very different. The 1921 Australian census showed that "For Australia as a whole, 62.10 per cent of the population is urban, this percentage being exceeded by New South Wales, 67.80 per cent., and Victoria 62.29 per cent. Tasmania, with 50.52 per cent, has the smallest percentage of urban population in all the States.[2].

The statement regarding transport is also inaccurate as Australia had an extensive railway network at the time.

The myth that Australia was predominantly rural continues to distort Australian history. Statements like this continue that distortion. In fact, since the beginning of white settlement Australia has always been predominantly urban.

  1. ^ Diamond, Jared (1992). "The Arrow of Disease". Discover (October 1992 vol. 13 Number 10 pp. 64–73). Archived from the original on 13 June 2006. Retrieved 25 June 2006. 
  2. ^ Official Year Book of the Commonwealth of Australia, No 18 - 1925. Melbourne: Commonwealth Bureau of Census and Statistics. 1925. p. 898.