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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:   Print book : 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: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Bill Gammage
ISBN: 9781742377483 1742377483 9781743311325 174331132X
OCLC Number: 746307071
Awards: Winner of Prime Minister's Prize for Australian History 2012 (Australia)
Winner of Victorian Prize for Literature 2012 (Australia)
Winner of and Victorian Premier's Literary Awards (Prize for Non-Fiction) 2012 (Australia)
Winner of ACT Book of the Year Award 2012 (Australia)
Winner of Queensland Literary Awards (History Book Award) 2012 (Australia)
Winner of Canberra Critics' Circle Award 2011 (Australia)
Short-listed for Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards (Individual Category) 2013 (Australia)
Short-listed for NSW Premier's Literary Awards (Douglas Stewart Prize) 2012 (Australia)
Description: xxiii, 434 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color 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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