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- DescriptionAcross 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, Gammage has examined written and visual records of the Australian landscape. He has uncovered an extraordinarily complex system of land management using fire and the life cycles of native plants to ensure plentiful wildlife and plant foods throughout the year. We kw Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and w we kw how they did it. 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. Once Aboriginal people were longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires we w experience. And what we think of as virgin bush in a national park is thing of the kind.
- Author BiographyBill Gammage is the author of The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War.
- PrizesWinner of ACT Book of the Year Award 2012 and Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History 2012 and Victorian Premier's Literary Award - Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction 2012 and Queensland Literary Awards: University of Southern Queensland History Book Award 2012 and Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards, Individual Category 2011. Shortlisted for NSW Premier's Literary Award Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction 2013 and ABIA Australian General Non-fiction Book of the Year 2012.
- Author(s)Bill Gammage
- PublisherAllen & Unwin
- Date of Publication01/06/2012
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationSt Leonards
- Country of PublicationAustralia
- First Published2012
- ImprintAllen & Unwin
- Content Note80pp colour insert
- Weight1046 g
- Width172 mm
- Height245 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Edition StatementMain
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- voiceofkuranda25 Aug, 2016by
How to become Australian.
This book gives a summary of how Australians lived and thought over the last 50,000 years. The Aboriginals have intregriated with European perceptions. It is time that Europeans intregriated with Australian perceptions.
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- teacosy-4203 Feb, 2014by
If you are really Fair Dinkum, reading this book is a must.
This may be one of the most important contemporary books about Australia. This , again proves the importance of preserving historical knowledge to overcome major modern day problems. It also points out the benefits that are derived by listening to cultures other than our own even if those cultures may seem inferior. Ancient logic versus modern ego.
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