Three Doomed Communes: A Roma Romance?
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In the 1890s, 13 socialist communes were established in Queensland, all with some government support. One lasted 16 years; the others only about two years. Some succeeded in various ways, but this paper looks at the most dismal failures, the three communes established near Roma: 'Excel Pioneer', 'Nil Desperandum' and 'Obertown Model'. In doing so, it expands the study of nineteenth century Queensland communes and explores a largely overlooked period of Roma's development.
Queensland History Journal
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Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)