Biggest Estate on Earth : How Aborigines made Australia
by Bill Gammage
Editor: Allen & Unwin
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Throughout Australia, the first Europeans, commented again and again that the land resembled a park.With extensive grassy patches and trails, open forest and abundant wildlife, it evoked a manor house in England.The Gammage Bill discovered that it was because the Aboriginal people managed the country in a more systematic and scientific fashion measure than we have ever achieved.For more than a decade, Gammage has been reviewing writing and visual documents of the Australian landscapeHe discovered an extraordinary complex system of land management, fire use and life cycles of native plants to ensure abundant wildlife and plants throughout the year.We know that Aboriginal people spent much less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and now we know how they did it.With the details of land management, strategies around Australia, The Greatest Real Estate on Earth is rewriting the history of this continent, with enormous implications for us today.Once the Aboriginal people were no longer able to care for their countries, it became invasive and vulnerable to the very damaging bushfire we now have the experience of having to deal with it.And what we think is a bush virgin in a national park is nothing like that.
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