Historical overview of the Great Artesian Basin

This history was commissioned by the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. It was to complement a range of studies prepared to assists in the development of the Great Artesian Basin Water Resource Plan. Margaret Cook was the co-author on the project.

Surprisingly, little research has been undertaken on the history of the GAB, at least from a social and cultural perspective. This history explores some of the more significant impacts of the use for of the Great Artesian Basin, particularly in relation to the development of the pastoral industry, stock routes, railway and towns in western Queensland.