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Author Gammage, Bill, 1942- author.

Title The biggest estate on earth : how Aborigines made Australia / Bill Gammage.

Published Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2012.
Crows Nest NSW Allen & Unwin, 2012.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Archit High Use  305.89915 GAMM  SEVEN DAY LOAN  AVAILABLE
Physical description xxiii, 384 pages : colour illustrations ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 347-415) and index.
Contents Australia in 1788 Introduction - The Australian estate - 1. Curious landscapes - 2. Canvas of a continent Why was Aboriginal land management possible? - 3. The nature of Australia - 4. Heaven on earth - 5. Country How was land managed? - 6. The closest ally - 7. Associations - 8. Templates - 9. A capital tour - 10. Farms without fences Invasion - 11. Becoming Australian - Appendix 1: Science, history and landscape - Appendix 2: Current botanical names for plants named with capitals in the text.
Summary "Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than we have ever realised. For over a decade he has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire, the life cycles of native plants, and the natural flow of water to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. We know Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter ... . With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, The biggest estate on earth rewrites the history of this continent, with huge implications for us today."--Dust cover.
Notes Prime Minister's Literary Awards: Prize for Australian History, 2012.
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- History.
Aboriginal Australians -- Agriculture -- History.
Land use -- Australia -- Management -- History.
Natural resources -- Australia -- Management -- History.
Australia -- History.
ISBN 9781743311325

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