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Tropical Marine Life of Australia: Plants and Animals of the Central Indo-PacificArtist/Author: Edgar. Graham
Tropical Marine Life of Australia is the definitive guide to tropical Australian and central Indo-Pacific marine life, covering over 2,400 species of animals and plants. Groups covered include seaweeds, corals, molluscs, crustaceans, fishes, reptiles and mammals. The characteristics of each species are outlined, including distinguishing features, distribution and rarity. This indispensable guide covers all common species likely to be encountered by divers and shoreline ramblers, and also many of the more rare species or those with an unusual appearance or lifestyle.
Flinders: The Man Who Mapped AustraliaArtist/Author: Mundle, Rob
The fascinating story of the exceptional maritime explorer, Matthew Flinders – the man who put Australia on the map.
Shipwrecks, storms, death and danger – Matthew Flinders encountered it all on his courageous quest to circumnavigate and chart the treacherous Terra Australis coastline.
From the drama of epic voyages and devastating shipwrecks; his part in the naming of Australia; his cruel imprisonment by the French on Mauritius for six long and harrowing years; the heartbreaking separation from his beloved wife; and the comfort he got from his loyal cat, Trim; to his tragic death at just forty.
This is a gripping adventure biography that details the life of Flinders, a true hero whose name is forever woven into the fabric of Australian history.
Ferdinand Bauer: The Australian Natural History DrawingsArtist/Author: Norst, Marlene F.
OUT OF PRINT. A biography of one of the pioneers of botanical and natural history art showcases Bauer’s drawings made on a historic 1801 voyage to Australia. His attention to detail gave scientists an excellent study of Australian plants and animals. Most of these drawings and watercolors have never before been published
Mallee Country: Land, People, HistoryArtist/Author: Broome, Richard, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor, Katie Holmes
Mallee Country tells the powerful history of mallee lands and people across southern Australia from Deep Time to the present. Carefully shaped and managed by Aboriginal people for over 50,000 years, mallee country was dramatically transformed by settlers, first with sheep and rabbits, then by flattening and burning the mallee to make way for wheat. Government backed settlement schemes devastated lives and country, but some farmers learnt how to survive the droughts, dust storms, mice, locusts and salinity – as well as the vagaries of international markets – to become some of Australia’s most resilient agriculturalists. In mallee country, innovation and tenacity have been neighbours to hardship and failure.
Mallee Country is a story of how land and people shape each other. It is the story of how a landscape once derided by settlers as a ‘howling wilderness’ covered in ‘dismal scrub’ became home to citizens who delighted in mallee fauna and flora, and fought to conserve it for future generations. And it is the story of the dreams, sweat and sorrows of people who face an uncertain future of depopulation and climate change with creativity and hope.
Cooking with the Oldest Foods on Earth: Australian Native Foods: Recipes and SourcesArtist/Author: Newton, John
Native produce business is booming and it’s about to enter a new phase — Australian native ingredients are beginning to turn up in growers’ markets and even local supermarkets. From Warrigal greens and saltbush, to kangaroo and yabbies — John Newton will inspire you to grab some and take it home.
This short companion book to the award-winning The Oldest Foods on Earth shows you how to cook with Australian ingredients, where to find them and how to grow them. Organised by ingredient, each chapter includes a brief history, a practical guide, and recipes for you to make in your very own kitchen. It promises to broaden Australians’ culinary horizons in every way.
‘This book is full of the information about Australian foods that your country refused to teach you. Here’s your chance to fully appreciate your homeland.’ — Bruce Pascoe
Geelong’s Changing Landscape: Ecology, Development and ConservationArtist/Author: Jones, David, Phillip Roös (Editors)
Geelong’s Changing Landscape offers an insightful investigation of the ecological history of the Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula region. Commencing with the penetrating perspectives of Wadawurrung Elders, chapters explore colonisation and post-World War II industrial development through to the present challenges surrounding the ongoing urbanisation of this region.
Expert contributors provide thoughtful analysis of the ecological and cultural characteristics of the landscape, the impact of past actions, and options for ethical future management of the region. This book will be of value to scientists, engineers, land use planners, environmentalists and historians.
Nature Conservation on Farms EnviroGuideArtist/Author: George, David, (Author), David Brouwer (Editor)
Nature conservation is about keeping, or bringing back, a wide range of plants, animals and other organisms on your farm that will contribute to its health, productivity and appeal. It’s about working in harmony with the environment to sustain the land and its productivity.
Nature conservation can improve the productivity and appeal of your farm. This book shows how to use a conservation policy with your farming practices to increase the diversity of beneficial plants and animals. Use simple techniques of observation and measurement to achieve a productive resource for future generations.
Principles of Ecology EnviroGuideArtist/Author: Brouwer, David
Leaving your land in better condition than you received it is the aim of environmental management. Principles of Ecology is an outline of environmental and landcare themes. It aims to give you some basic tools of understanding before you get into more detailed studies of an area of land. In this book you will be introduced to some environmental terms and start to look carefully at a landscape you are working with
Australia’s Original Languages: An IntroductionArtist/Author: Dixon, R. M. W.
An introduction to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages that explains their distinctive features accessibly for readers who have no previous experience with learning another language, and shows how language reflects traditional culture.
‘A must read for all who would like to understand the languages and culture of Indigenous Australians.’ Dr Ernie Grant, Elder of the Jirrbal nation
When Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay, about 250 distinct languages were spoken across the continent. Yet Australian Indigenous languages actually share many common features.
Bob Dixon has been working with elders to research Australian languages for half a century, and he draws on this deep experience to outline the common features. He provides a straightforward introduction to the sounds, word building, and wide-ranging vocabulary of Indigenous languages, and highlights distinctive grammatical features. He explains how language is related to culture, including kinship relationships, gender systems, and naming conventions.
With examples from over 30 languages and anecdotes illustrating language use, and avoiding technical terms, Australia’s Original Languages is the indispensable starting point for anyone interested in learning about Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages.
‘Written in an accessible, easy to read style, Professor Dixon’s new book is an informative and entertaining introduction to Australia’s “original” languages.’ Dr Joe Blythe, Department of Linguistics, Macquarie University
First Footprints: The Epic Story of the First AustraliansArtist/Author: Cane, Scott
First Footprints tells the extraordinary story of the Aboriginal people of Australia. How they made their way out of Africa 60,000 years ago, and how they survived across this vast continent, from the harsh deserts of the inland to the glaciers of southern Tasmania. With photos from the ABC TV series of the same name.Some 60,000 years ago, a small group of people landed on Australia’s northern coast. They were the first oceanic mariners and this great southern land was their new home. Gigantic mammals roamed the plains and enormous crocodiles, giant snakes and goannas nestled in the estuaries and savannahs.
First Footprints tells the epic story of Australia’s Aboriginal people. It is a story of ancient life on the driest continent on earth through the greatest environmental changes experienced in human history: ice ages, extreme drought and inundating seas. It is chronicled through astonishing archaeological discoveries, ancient oral histories and the largest and oldest art galleries on earth. Australia’s first inhabitants were the first people to believe in an afterlife, cremate their dead, engrave representations of the human face, and depict human sound and emotion. They created new technologies, designed ornamentation, engaged in trade, and crafted the earliest documents of war. Ultimately, they developed a sustainable society based on shared religious tradition and far-reaching social networks across the length and breadth of Australia.
The Kimberley: Australia’s WildernessArtist/Author: David Bettini
From the tiger-striped domes of the Bungle Bungles to the opal-blue waters of the Buccaneer Archipelago, the Kimberley is the most remarkable wilderness in Australia. Acclaimed nature photographer David Bettini has captured the essence of the Kimberley’s sweeping ranges, plunging gorges and tropical wetlands. He takes you on a voyage down its convoluted coastline, past sandstone headlands, through mangrove lined inlets and out to pristine reefs.
Intimate portraits of wildlife, including rare creatures like the Monjon – the smallest rock wallaby – and the dazzling Gouldian Finch, are accompanied by captivating descriptions of their behaviour and environment.
The book contains breathtaking images that celebrate the stark beauty of the dry season and the drama of the wet, when thunderstorms and torrential rain descend upon this ancient landscape. David ventures up wild rivers, through the deafening roar of the Horizontal Waterfalls and into spectacular terrain, like Windjana Gorge with its hordes of steely-eyed Freshwater Crocodiles and noisy Black-flying Foxes.
The Kimberley: Australia’s Wilderness captures the grandeur, contrasts and diverse colours of this timeless region.
The Author: David Bettini is one of Australia’s most renowned nature photographers. He has an extensive knowledge and a great appreciation of the country’s wild places and diverse ecology. David is based in Perth but was born and raised in the outback where he quickly developed a passion for the natural world.
Tony Wheeler’s Islands of Australia: Travels Through TimeArtist/Author: Tony Wheeler
Islands of Australia takes you on a virtual journey around the coast, from ecoresorts, pristine beaches and dive sites to guano mines, prisons and subantarctic volcanoes. Illustrated with stunning colour images of Australia’s diverse islands, from rugged and remote volcanic outcrops to postcard-perfect tropical getaways
Not just an island continent, Australia is a continent of islands. With over 8,000 islands, it has more than the entire Caribbean. Join seasoned traveller Tony Wheeler on a journey around the Australian coast and beyond to discover the stunning natural features, unique wildlife and chequered histories of Australia’s remarkable (and remarkably diverse) islets, cays, atolls and archipelagos. Find out why the Whitsundays should have been called the Whitmondays, encounter Australia’s only known pirate, witness mutiny and murder on the Bounty and Batavia, meet giant lizards and friendly quokkas, and discover rich Indigenous cultures. Whether you’re an intrepid explorer, a simple sun-seeker or an armchair tourist, Islands of Australia will have you itching to visit.