||Technology in Australia 1788-1988
Table of Contents
I The First 100 Years 1788-1888
III Motorised Vehicles
V Modern Shipping
VI Innovative Small Craft
The First 100 Years 1788-1888 (continued)
Transport methods in the first 100 years of Australian history used traditional 'old world' means. The horse drawn coach, the river ships and the bullock wagon transported people and goods using the time honoured methods developed in Europe or America. The Australian transport needs required some unusual adaptions of overseas technology to meet Australia's unique circumstances, but essentially the vehicles and methods were imported.
The use of steam power to replace sails and to develop the steam engine for the early railways started the age of steam which heralded the mechanical era. Here was the first great breakthrough and the next section deals with Australian railways and their part in opening up the outback and providing the first major step towards a modern transport system.
People in Bright Sparcs - Inglis, Andrea
© 1988 Print Edition page 459, Online Edition 2000
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