The biggest estate on earth

how Aborigines made Australia

The biggest estate on earth (Paperback, Allen & Unwin)

Paperback, 434 pages

English language

Published by Allen & Unwin.

ISBN:
9781742377483
OCLC Number:
746307071

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"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 …

Subjects

  • Management
  • Natural resources
  • Land use
  • Agriculture
  • Aboriginal Australians
  • History

Places

  • Australia