The First World War soldier settlement schemes placed settlers on unviable, over-capitalised holdings ultimately forcing a high percentage to walk off their blocks … The Victorian Returned Services League set about helping to frame a settlement scheme which would avoid the mistakes of the past. It is a record of an outstanding and successful scheme which reflects credit upon its administrators and the ex-service settlers who made the most of the opportunities presented to them.
– Bruce Ruxton, Victorian State President, RSL
Rosalind Smallwood’s book records this successful partnership of settler and government. It is a story of recognition by society of a duty to help those who served in the War. Equally it is a story of the continuing growth of our State and the struggle to make productive a harsh country.
– John Cain Jr, Premier of Victoria, 1982–1990
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