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‘We Have Found Our Paradise’: the South-East squattocracy, 1840-1870

This essay first appeared in the Journal of the Historical Society of SA No.17, 1989, pp.25-38 and is republished here with minor corrections.

At the time of writing this essay Dr Leith MacGillivray was an Education Officer in the Mortlock Library. She is the daughter of a soldier setter from World War I who took up land in the South-East and, like many others, finally walked off his block. She is also the great-granddaughter of a Scottish crofter who prospered in the same region.

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