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The biggest estate on earth : how Aborigines made Australia

Author: Bill Gammage
Publisher: Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Indigenous studies collection
Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Gammage, Bill, 1942-
Biggest estate on earth.
Crows Nest, N.S.W. : Allen & Unwin, 2011
(DLC) 2011514487
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Gammage
ISBN: 9781742377483 1742377483 9781742693521 1742693520
OCLC Number: 1058125790
Notes: N copy signed and inscribed by the author, 3 August 2013.
Awards: Prime Minister's Literary Awards: Prize for Australian History, 2012.
NSW Premier's Literary Award, Douglas Stewart Prize: Shortlist (2013)
Target Audience: Tertiary/Undergraduate.; General.
Description: xxiii, 434 pages : color illustrations, maps ; 26 cm
Contents: Australia in 1788 --
Why was Aboriginal land management possible? --
How was land managed? --
Invasion.
Responsibility: Bill Gammage.

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Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.  Read more...

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