The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia

Bill Gammage

Published by Allen & Unwin, 2012
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Synopsis: Reveals the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people in presettlement Australia  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. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than most people have ever realized. For more than 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. Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and this book reveals how. Once Aboriginal people were no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires Australians now experience. With details of land-management strategies from around Australia, this book rewrites the history of the continent, with huge implications for today.

About the Author: Bill Gammage is a historian and the author of the The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War and Sky Travellers.

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Title: The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines ...
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: 2012
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Book Description Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2011. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Synopsis: 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, and now we know 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 no longer able to tend their country, it became overgrown and vulnerable to the hugely damaging bushfires we now experience. And what we think of as virgin bush in a national park is nothing of the kind. Review: "A beautiful and profound piece of writing, one that has importance for us all." --"Age" BOOK DETAILS: The contents are clean, tight and sound throughout. The boards are clean and unmarked, with only minimal wear. The lettering on the spine is clear and bright. The dust wrapper is not price clipped and shows only minor shelf-wear and has no chipping to the extremities due to the fact that a previous owner has covered it in plastic. The plastic has NOT been taped to the book.Only signs of previous ownership is a greeting on the f.f.e.p.Book has appearance of not having been previously read it shows only minimal use. A very attractive/desirable copy. Illustrated. 434pp. (incl. index). The unpacked weight of this heavy book is approx. 1328gms. Postage within Australia for this book could be more than that shown so please disregard the site default rate, which will be adjusted if necessary when the order is processed by us and the buyer's postcode can be established. (Please note: books that weigh over 1kg. (1000g) when packed will automatically exceed the quoted postage rate to overseas destinations). This BOOK IS IN STOCK and READY TO MAIL NOW. Your book when ordered will be securely packed and promptly dispatched by The Book Collector (Established: 1993). ***Prompt professional service - satisfaction guaranteed.*** Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 12331

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