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Accountants and Empire: the case of co-membership of Australian and British accountancy bodies, 1885 to 1914

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Abstract:

This study examines one aspect of the influence of the British Empire connection on the establishment of an accountancy profession in Australia in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It does so by analysing data collected on the comembership of the numerous Australian and British accountancy bodies formed before 1914. It casts doubt on the conclusions of Johnson and Caygill (1971) regarding the predominance of accountants with British qualifications in the creation and growth of the Australian bodies and also elucidates the connection between the professionalization strategies of particular bodies and the membership choices of accountants in the context of imperialism.

Keywords: ACCOUNTING; AUSTRALIA; BRITISH EMPIRE; CO-MEMBERSHIP; EMIGRATION; PROFESSIONALIZATION

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/095852099330377

Publication date: 1999-03-01

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