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The Resource The Biggest Estate on Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth

Label
The Biggest Estate on Earth
Title
The Biggest Estate on Earth
Statement of responsibility
Bill Gammage
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.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, 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 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
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
Award
  • ACT Book of the Year, 2012.
  • Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History, 2012.
  • Queensland Literary Awards, History Book Award, 2012.
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, 2012.
  • Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Victorian Prize for Literature, 2012.
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10052693
Cataloging source
ANL
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Gammage, Bill
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • History
  • Nonfiction
Target audience
adult
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how Aborigines made Australia
Label
The Biggest Estate on Earth
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Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:92575b62-a48e-4a8a-854e-ab636146b676
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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Isbn
9781742693521
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Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
The Biggest Estate on Earth
Publication
Control code
OVERDRIVE:92575b62-a48e-4a8a-854e-ab636146b676
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781742693521
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Specific material designation
optical disk

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