The Biggest Estate on Earth

The Biggest Estate on Earth : How Aborigines Made Australia

By (author)

List price: US$38.02

Currently unavailable

Add to wishlist

AbeBooks may have this title (opens in new window).

Try AbeBooks

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, 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.

show more
  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 182 x 248 x 42mm | 1,247.37g
  • Allen & Unwin
  • St LeonardsAustralia
  • English
  • 1742377483
  • 9781742377483
  • 70,471

Other books in Australasian & Pacific History

Other people who viewed this bought:

Review quote

"A beautiful and profound piece of writing, one that has importance for us all." --"Age"

show more

About Bill Gammage

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.

show more

Reviews from