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    DescriptionAcross 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.

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    The Biggest Estate on Earth
    How Aborigines Made Australia
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Bill Gammage
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    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 384
    Width: 181 mm
    Height: 253 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 1,242 g
    ISBN 13: 9781742377483
    ISBN 10: 1742377483

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    Illustrations note
    Allen & Unwin
    Imprint name
    Allen & Unwin
    Publication date
    01 May 2012
    Publication City/Country
    St Leonards
    Author Information
    Bill Gammage is a historian and adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University. He is best known as author of the ground-breaking The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War.
    Review quote
    "A beautiful and profound piece of writing, one that has importance for us all." --"Age"