Series 391 - Mick Borrie research material

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Mick Borrie research material


  • 1952 - 1975 (Creation)

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1.5 m (5 type 1 and 1 type 10 boxes)

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(1913 - 2000)

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Professor Wilfred David (Mick) Borrie was born in 1913 in New Zealand. He moved to Sydney in 1941 to teach at Knox Grammar School and began working for Professor R C Mills at the University of Sydney, concentrating on immigration and population matters. After teaching Social History in Sydney University, he joined the Australian National University (ANU) in 1948 as staff member in charge of population studies and became the first Chair of Demography. Professor Borrie established the Department of Demography, Research School of Social Sciences at the ANU in 1952. He served on the Australian government's immigration planning councils (1965-81), helping to formulate immigration policy. From 1970-78 he directed the government's National Population Inquiry. Borrie remained Professor of Demography until his retirement in 1978.

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The research material includes original statistical tabulations from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, questionnaires completed by Queensland schoolchildren, and population projections. There are also agenda papers and minutes of meetings of the Commonwealth Immigration Planning Council and its committees 1966-1975.


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ANUA 393 includes Copland's earlier papers of the Immigration Planning Council

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Prepared by Maggie Shapley on 13 May 2010




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