TITLE

‘Better than anywhere else’: Lebanese settlement in Queensland, 1880–1947

AUTHOR(S)
Mason, Robert; Monsour, Anne
PUB. DATE
December 2014
SOURCE
Queensland Review;Dec2014, Vol. 21 Issue 2, p142
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
Until the 1960s, the settlement of Lebanese migrants in Queensland was characteristically regional, with the immigrants dispersed widely throughout the state. Immigrant settlement involves a dynamic and complex interaction between the immigrants and the social, political and economic structures of the receiving society. An analysis of the settlement experience of Lebanese immigrants in Queensland from the 1880s reveals the interplay of several factors, which resulted in a distinct pattern of settlement. Fundamental to this experience was the influence of racially exclusive state and Commonwealth legislation and immigration policies. Additionally, Queensland's particular geography and style of development, in conjunction with the predominance of self-employment and the segregation of Lebanese in petty commercial occupations such as hawking and shopkeeping, significantly determined the immigrants’ geographic settlement pattern. Finally, a less obvious but nonetheless important factor was the determination of the immigrants to settle permanently in Queensland. Whatever the reasons, this dispersed settlement pattern significantly shaped the lives of the immigrants and their descendants.
ACCESSION #
99385643

 

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