The Giblin collection reveals Professor L.F. Giblin’s practical view of the Australian economy, challenging set approaches to empire. Recognising Australia’s interests and unique economic circumstances, Professor Giblin argued for greater responsibility in dealing with unemployment and falling trade during the Great Depression. He also called for greater self-sufficiency to develop a war-ready economy, broadening trade relations within and beyond the Commonwealth. Giblin’s view of the Australian economy did not overturn relations with the British Empire, but questioned how set approaches could be changed to meet distinctly Australian interests.
Madeleine Thorburn, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies has prepared an essay for her Capstone subject Making History that focuses on the interwar years. She considers the Giblin archive to be a significant primary source for scholars who wish to research the effect of events like the Great Depression and war on Australia’s relationship with the Empire.
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Contributor: Madeleine Thorburn