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Jessica B. Teisch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780807834435

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807878019_teisch

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The California Model & the Australian Awakening

The California Model & the Australian Awakening

(p.67) Chapter 3 The California Model & the Australian Awakening
Engineering Nature

Jessica B. Teisch

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses the experiment conducted by California engineers utilizing different models of irrigation. Their models attempted to deal with issues such as the relative involvement of the government, private capitalists, interest groups, and the market in economic growth. Yet the overall lesson for California had been a lesson in frustration. Simply put, private interests had trumped what many people had perceived as the public good. Despite their mixed success, Californians' irrigation experiments, technologies, and ideas about modern rural life were welcomed warmly in Victoria, Australia, which many engineers perceived as possessing conditions that resembled those in the American West. Alfred Deakin observed that the Australian colony was, like California, “a new country, settled by the pick of the Anglo-Saxon race, attracted by the first instance by gold discoveries, and remaining after that excitement passed away to build up a new nation under the freest institutions and most favorable conditions of life.”

Keywords:   California engineers, irrigation, private capitalists, interest groups, economic growth, public good

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