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Knowledge Generation: Technological Change and Economic Growth in Colonial Australia
Knowledge Generation is an account of a technological dawn that occurred long before the computer and the Internet. In ground-breaking research, Gary Magee scrutinised Australian colonial patent data to survey the entire spectrum of technological activity, and found evidence of extraordinary local inventiveness. In this book he creates a conceptual framework of late-nineteenth century Australian economic development that for the first time explicitly incorporates the supply of technological ideas. He contrasts Australia's technological development with that of other neo-British settler societies – the United States, Canada, New Zealand and South Africa – and sheds new light on Australian industrial and occupational structures; the characteristics of its great inventors; and the determinants of local and foreign patenting. Technological advances in colonial Australia are located firmly within the history of Western innovation and ideas.