Carnegie and Napier (1996, p.7) call for studies in accounting history which expand or reinterpret the archive, contending that the results can provide 'insight into accounting's present and future through its past'. In this paper, the prior although limited use made of census data in accounting history studies is detailed, and a number of historical censuses examined from an accounting perspective, with particular emphasis on early colonial Australian censuses and musters. A discussion of the uses that could be made of census data in adding to the accounting archive and in informing a range of studies is developed, and is proposed as a research agenda which taps this largely unmined source of information.
|Title of host publication||3rd International Conference on Contemporary Business|
|Editors||P.K. Basu, G O' O'Neill, A. Travaglione|
|Place of Publication||Bathurst, Australia|
|Publisher||Charles Sturt University|
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 2006|
|Event||International Conference on Contemporary Business - Leura, NSW Australia, Australia|
Duration: 21 Sep 2006 → 22 Sep 2006
|Conference||International Conference on Contemporary Business|
|Period||21/09/06 → 22/09/06|
Bisman, J. (2006). The census as accounting artefact: Illustrations from the early Australian colonial period. In P. K. Basu, G. O. O'Neill, & A. Travaglione (Eds.), 3rd International Conference on Contemporary Business (pp. 27). Charles Sturt University.