The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia

The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia


By (author) Bill Gammage

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 242mm x 30mm | 1,061g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2013
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards
  • ISBN 10: 174331132X
  • ISBN 13: 9781743311325
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 7,675

Product description

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

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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

"This bold book, with its lucid prose and vivid illustrations, will be discussed for years to come." --"Australian Book Review"

Table of contents

Contents..Illustrations..Thanks..Sources..Abbreviations..Definitions..Foreword by Henry Reynolds..Australia in 1788..Introduction: The Australian estate..1. Curious landscapes..2. Canvas of a continent..Why was Aboriginal land management possible?..3. The nature of Australia..4. Heaven on earth..5. Country..How was land managed?..6. The closest ally..7. Associations..8. Templates..9. A capital tour..10. Farms without fences..Invasion..11. Becoming Australian..Appendix 1: Science, history and landscape..Appendix 2: Current botanical names for plants named with capitals in the text..Notes..Bibliography..Index