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Learning from Agri-Environment Schemes in Australia: Investing in Biodiversity and other Ecosystem Services on FarmsArtist/Author: Ansell, Dean, Fiona Gibson, David Salt (Editors)
Learning from Agri-Environment Schemes in Australia is a book about the birds and the beef — more specifically it is about the billions of dollars that governments pay farmers around the world each year to protect and restore biodiversity. After more than two decades of these schemes in Australia, what have we learnt? Are we getting the most out of these investments, and how should we do things differently in the future? Involving contributions from ecologists, economists, social scientists, restoration practitioners and policymakers, this book provides short, engaging chapters that cover a wide spectrum of environmental, agricultural and social issues involved in agri-environment schemes.
Into the Heart of Tasmania: A Search For Human AntiquityArtist/Author: Taylor, Rebe
This book is a winner of multiple literary awards.
In 1908 English gentleman, Ernest Westlake, packed a tent, a bicycle and forty tins of food and sailed to Tasmania. On mountains, beaches and in sheep paddocks he collected over 13,000 Aboriginal stone tools. Westlake believed he had found the remnants of an extinct race whose culture was akin to the most ancient Stone Age Europeans. But in the remotest corners of the island Westlake encountered living Indigenous communities.
Into the Heart of Tasmania tells a story of discovery and realisation. One man’s ambition to rewrite the history of human culture inspires an exploration of the controversy stirred by Tasmanian Aboriginal history. It brings to life how Australian and British national identities have been fashioned by shame and triumph over the supposed destruction of an entire race. To reveal the beating heart of Aboriginal Tasmania is to be confronted with a history that has never ended.
More Great Properties of Country Victoria: The Western District’s Golden AgeArtist/Author: Allen, Richard, Kimbal BakerReturn to the great mansions of the Western District with this book of remarkable histories and stunning photography
English novelist Anthony Trollope described the Western District squatters in the 1870s as ‘plentiful, proud, prejudiced, given to hospitality, impatient of contradiction … thoughtful on the future, and above all, conscious—perhaps a little too conscious—of their own importance … forty thousand sheep cannot be shorn without a piano; twenty thousand is the lowest number that renders napkins at dinner imperative’.
But these squatters were also speculators and investors, whose entrepreneuship built great wealth and elaborate mansions. Around their Georgian and Victorian homes they created an antipodean England, employing the best-known landscape architects of the day. The Western District today retains most of the renowned homesteads and gardens that date from these times.
This fascinating and beautiful book—sequel to the bestselling Great Properties of Country Victoria—takes us into the private world of thirteen more notable properties. Through their histories we follow their fortunes—extraordinary tales of risk and reward—and through the photographs see the splendour of great homes that have been lovingly maintained and carefully restored. It is a tribute to the past and present owners who have so painstakingly preserved their properties’ heritage.
Underwater SydneyArtist/Author: Falkner, Inke, John Turnbull
Admired all over the world and loved by locals for its natural beauty, Sydney Harbour is enjoyed by thousands of people every day. But rarely do we look below the surface where, beneath all the hustle and bustle, lively communities go about their business. With underwater forests and gardens, hundreds of species of fish and thousands of invertebrates, Sydney is as colourful and diverse below the water as it is above!
Underwater Sydney celebrates Sydney’s incredible harbour and coast through eclectic stories and stunning underwater photography. It also explores the challenges the harbour is facing today after more than 200 years of coastal development and the role that marine science plays in maintaining the harbour’s health. Underwater Sydney will open your eyes to the rich marine life that makes the Sydney estuary and coast so special.
World Heritage Sites of AustraliaArtist/Author: Valentine, Peter, Foreword by Peter Garrett
Visitors to Australia marvel when they see the places recognised by the United Nations as World Heritage. From the ancient, pristine temperate rainforests in the south to the massive escarpments and tropical wetlands in the north, they are dazzling in their ecological complexity and the record they offer of life on this planet and the human experience in Australia.
Peter Valentine presents Australia’s 19 World Heritage sites in a magnificent tribute to natural and cultural history. The outstanding qualities of each site are described and illustrated in exquisite detail, along with an account of how the site came to be on the World Heritage List. In many cases, the path towards listing was not straightforward, with the Australian Government having to exercise its constitutional powers against other parties with vested interests in using sites for other purposes, including forestry and mining.
Rainforests that show the connections of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. Rock art that points to a history of human settlement reaching over 60,000 years into the past. Sandstone remnants of eighty years of convict labour and imprisonment. A marvel of twentieth-century architecture. This is Australia’s world heritage.
In a thoughtful foreword, former minister for the environment, heritage and the arts and Midnight Oil lead singer Peter Garrett describes his own experience of these wonders and concern for their continued existence.
Australia’s Volcanoes: An Extensive Guide to Australia’s Volcanic PastArtist/Author: Ferret, Russell
Australia’s Volcanoes takes you on a journey of discovery through Australia’s volcanic landscapes. Every State contains evidence of past cataclysmic volcanic upheaval. Features such as Mount Warning in New South Wales, Tower Hill in Victoria, Cradle Mountain in Tasmania, the Undara lava tubes in Queensland, the diamond deposits in Western Australia’s The Kimberley and Mt Gambier’s crater lakes in South Australia are results of volcanic activity from thousands to millions of years ago.
The book explains what happened all those years ago to create the volcanic landforms that you see today. Most of the sites featured are accessible by car or foot and maps are provided to help you find and explore them.
The Archaeology of Australia’s DesertsArtist/Author: Smith, Mike
This is the first book-length study of the archaeology of Australia’s deserts, one of the world’s major habitats and the largest block of drylands in the southern hemisphere. Over the last few decades, a wealth of new environmental and archaeological data about this fascinating region has become available. Drawing on a wide range of sources, The Archaeology of Australia’s Deserts explores the late Pleistocene settlement of Australia’s deserts, the formation of distinctive desert societies, and the origins and development of the hunter-gatherer societies documented in the classic nineteenth-century ethnographies of Spencer and Gillen. Written by one of Australia’s leading desert archaeologists, the book interweaves a lively history of research with archaeological data in a masterly survey of the field and a profoundly interdisciplinary study that forces archaeology into conversations with history and anthropology, economy and ecology, and geography and Earth sciences.
Best Walks of Victoria’s High Country: The Full-Colour Guide to 40 Fantastic WalksArtist/Author: Sheather, Craig
This guide is the perfect companion for anyone who loves walking in the High Country and its northern environs. The book features: 40 different bush, river, rail trail and village walks, varying in length from 30 minutes to two days; accurate, full colour maps and step-by-step directions; detailed walk statistics including distance, total ascent/descent, grade and estimated time; plentiful information on High Country history and its natural environment; walking ideas for families with children, including safety tips; and over 150 full colour photographs. With over 4 million Australians now regularly walking for fun and fitness, this guide book is the perfect companion for any resident or visitor looking explore the raw beauty of this incredible region.
The author, Craig Sheather is a freelance travel writer from Albury, at the foothills of Australia’s High Country.
Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian ArtArtist/Author: McLean, Ian
Large, bold and colourful, Indigenous Australian art has made an indelible impression on the contemporary imagination. But it is controversial, dividing the stakeholders from those who smell a scam. Whether the artists are victims or victors, there is no denying their impact in the media and on the art world and collectors worldwide. How did Australian art become the most successful indigenous form in the world? How did its artists escape the ethnographic and souvenir markets to become players in an art world to which they had previously been denied access? Finely illustrated, and now available in paperback, this full historical account makes you question everything you were taught about contemporary art.
‘Provides what instructors of indigenous Australian art have long been waiting for: a textbook on the genre. Though one can find a multitude of museum and exhibition catalogues and books on the art of specific regions of Australia, this is the first book to provide comprehensive coverage of the unfolding of indigenous art across time and place, across styles and borders, and across cultures . . . Clearly organized and well written, the content is theoretical and factual, and McLean supports the discussion with excellent illustrations. One of the most important publications on the topic to date. Highly recommended.’ — Choice
Australian Wildlife on your DoorstepArtist/Author: Jackson, Stephanie
A very useful and eye-opening book which will inspire people to step outside their front doors and discover the amazing world of wildlife that is all around us. Packed full of inspiring stories and tips, each chapter enthuses readers about the incredible variety of wildlife experiences and species that can be found close to home, and helps them to ‘tune in’ to nature.
If you thought you knew everything there was to know about your local wildlife, and seen everything there is to see, then think again. This unique guide to the birds, animals and invertebrates that can be found close to the average Australian home will offer useful help and advice to all nature enthusiasts, whether long-standing converts or just starting out.
Engaging text explains fascinating and little-known facts about the creatures in question, while accompanying illustrations comprise a series of the author’s stunning images. It gives tips on how to locate species which might be in your neighborhood but you never knew were there, and also imparts fascinating and little-known facts about some of the more common everyday species.
The book, with its hundreds of images of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects and spiders, has the primary aim of encouraging readers to open their eyes to the wonders of nature, and to the astounding diversity of wildlife that is never far away. Be warned though, you’ll never look at your local wildlife in the same way! All in all this is an essential addition to the library of any nature enthusiast.
Geoarchaeology of Aboriginal Landscapes in Semi-Arid AustraliaArtist/Author: Holdaway, Simon, Patricia Fanning
This book provides readers with a unique understanding of the ways in which Aboriginal people interacted with their environment in the past at one particular location in western New South Wales. It also provides a statement showing how geoarchaeology should be conducted in a wide range of locations throughout Australia.
One of the key difficulties faced by all those interested in the interaction between humans and their environment in the past is the complex array of processes acting over different spatial and temporal scales. The authors take account of this complexity by integrating three key areas of study – geomorphology, geochronology and archaeology – applied at a landscape scale, with the intention of understanding the record of how Australian Aboriginal people interacted with the environment through time and across space.
This analysis is based on the results of archaeological research conducted at the University of New South Wales Fowlers Gap Arid Zone Research Station between 1999 and 2002 as part of the Western New South Wales Archaeology Program. The interdisciplinary geoarchaeological program was targeted at expanding the potential offered by archaeological deposits in western New South Wales, Australia.
The book contains six chapters: the first two introduce the study area, then three data analysis chapters deal in turn with the geomorphology, geochronology and archaeology of Fowlers Gap Station. A final chapter considers the results in relation to the history of Aboriginal occupation of Fowlers Gap Station, as well as the insights they provide into Aboriginal ways of life more generally. Analyses are well illustrated through the tabulation of results and the use of figures created through Geographic Information System software.
Life in the Tall Eucalypt ForestsArtist/Author: Lindenmayer, David, Esther Beaton
Life in the Tall Eucalypt Forests pulls back the curtain on one of Australia’s most magnificent tall eucalypt forests, that of Victoria’s Central Highlands. The beautiful photographs of the animals and plants that live there are accompanied by captions that tell the story of how this community works together. Intricate webs of dependency have evolved among the inhabitants and these are held together in a delicate balance. The images and text explore the harmony in which these living things co-exist and help the reader to understand how an entire dynamic ecosystem is able to maintain its health, and how human activities such as logging can threaten that health.