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Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788 (Fourth Edition)Artist/Author: Broome, Richard
A powerful history of black-white encounters in Australia since colonisation, this fully updated edition remains the only concise survey of Aboriginal history since 1788.
In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society. Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern. Since its first edition in 1982, Broome’s Aboriginal Australians has won acclaim as a classic account of race relations in Australia. This fully rewritten fourth edition continues the story, covering the uneven implementation of native title, the plight of remote Aboriginal communities, the ‘Intervention’ and the landmark apology to the ‘stolen generations’ by Federal Parliament.
Bush Heritage Australia: Restoring Nature Step by StepArtist/Author: Martin, Sarah
With a plan to own or manage one per cent of Australia by 2025, Bush Heritage Australia is an organisation with big ambitions.
Started by Bob Brown in 1991, Bush Heritage was born from an urgent mission: to protect pristine land from logging. After buying two blocks of land in Tasmania’s Liffey Valley, Brown built a philanthropic organisation to help pay for them. As donations flowed in and the organisation grew, Bush Heritage set its sights on acquiring tracts of land across the country, repairing environmental degradation and bringing native plants and wildlife back to health.
Twenty-five years later, with more than one million hectares in its care, Bush Heritage’s achievements are celebrated in this book along with its growth from humble beginnings into a large non-profit with benefactors all over the world. Central to this story are the ecologists, researchers, land managers, local Indigenous groups, staff, donors and a brigade of volunteers who have helped the organisation to thrive.
Capturing Nature: Early Scientific Photography at the Australian Museum 1857–1893Artist/Author: Finney, Vanessa
The groundbreaking scientific photographs of Australian Museum curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes are revealed for the first time.
In the mid-nineteenth century, scientists around the world were quick to see photography’s huge potential for capturing fleeting moments of life, death and discovery. At the Australian Museum, curator Gerard Krefft and taxidermist Henry Barnes began to experiment with the revolutionary new art form, preparing and staging their specimens — from whales and giant sunfish to lifelike lyre bird scenes and fossils — and documenting them in thousands of arresting images.
Capturing Nature reveals these groundbreaking photographs for the first time, along with the Australian Museum’s urgent quest to become more scientific in its practices.
The Shank : A Rutter for Anchorages in Tasmania’s SouthwestArtist/Author: Johnston, Ian
The Southwest wilderness region of Tasmania is remote, strange and lashed by the savage weather of the roaring forties, but it is also one of the most beautiful and unspoiled places in the world.
In the past Rutters, were the primary store of geographic information for maritime navigation – a Mariner’s handbook of written sailing directions before the advent of nautical charts. Although The Shank primarily documents the anchorages which can be accessed while sailing the coastline, it also captures the beauty of the rugged south and west coasts and includes superb aerial photography.
Wildlife of AustraliaArtist/Author: Pickrell, John
For first-time visitors here, Australia’s wildlife – from the platypus and the thorny devil to the cassowary and the koala – seems almost indescribably exotic. This is not only true for its plants and animals but also for its landscapes and environments. The unusual fauna, unusual environments, unusual climate, and the vast size of Australia – spanning tropical rainforest and savannah woodlands in the north, through deserts, beaches and gum forests to cool alpine meadows and snowy mountaintops in Tasmania – have all combined to create and incredible diversity of species, which mark Australia out as one of the world’s ‘megadiverse’ nations – those that occupy a total of less than 10 per cent of the world’s surface area, yet together hold more than three quarters of its species. Join Australian Geographic as we take you on a pictorial journey of our fascinating world of wildlife.
Fire Effects on Soil PropertiesArtist/Author: Pereira, Paulo, Jorge Mataix-Solera, Xavier Úbeda, Guillermo Rein, Artemi Cerdà (Editors)
Brings together research on the effects of fire on the physical, biological and chemical properties of soil.
Wildland fires are occurring more frequently and affecting more of Earth’s surface than ever before. These fires affect the properties of soils and the processes by which they form, but the nature of these impacts has not been well understood. Given that healthy soil is necessary to sustain biodiversity, ecosystems and agriculture, the impact of fire on soil is a vital field of research.
Fire Effects on Soil Properties brings together current research on the effects of fire on the physical, biological and chemical properties of soil. Written by over 60 international experts in the field, it includes examples from fire-prone areas across the world, dealing with ash, meso and macrofauna, smouldering fires, recurrent fires and management of fire-affected soils. It also describes current best practice methodologies for research and monitoring of fire effects and new methodologies for future research. This is the first time information on this topic has been presented in a single volume and the book will be an important reference for students, practitioners, managers and academics interested in the effects of fire on ecosystems, including soil scientists, geologists, forestry researchers and environmentalists.
The Great Barrier Reef: Biology, Environment and Management (Second Edition)Artist/Author: Hutchings, Pat, Michael Kingsford, Ove Hoegh-Guldberg (Editors)
Describes the animals, plants and other organisms of the reef, and the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence them.
The iconic and beautiful Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is home to one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world.
With contributions from international experts, this timely and fully updated second edition of The Great Barrier Reef describes the animals, plants and other organisms of the reef, as well as the biological, chemical and physical processes that influence them. It contains new chapters on shelf slopes and fisheries and addresses pressing issues such as climate change, ocean acidification, coral bleaching and disease, and invasive species.
The Great Barrier Reef is a must-read for the interested reef tourist, student, researcher and environmental manager. While it has an Australian focus, it can equally be used as a reference text for most Indo-Pacific coral reefs.
Between the Murray and the Sea: Aboriginal Archaeology of Southeastern AustraliaArtist/Author: Frankel, David
This book explores the Indigenous archaeology of Victoria, focusing on areas south and east of the Murray River. Frankel considers the nature of archaeological evidence and what archaeology reveals about the Indigenous society.
Van Diemen’s LandArtist/Author: Boyce, James
Almost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen’s Land. There they found a land of bounty and a penal society, a kangaroo economy and a new way of life.
In this multi-award-winning history of colonial Tasmania, James Boyce shows how the newcomers were changed by the natural world they encountered. Escaping authority, they soon settled away from the towns, dressing in kangaroo skin and living off the land.
Behind the official attempt to create a Little England was another story of adaptation, in which the poor, the exiled and the criminal made a new home in a strange land.
This is their story, the story of Van Diemen’s Land
Rhythms of the Kimberley: A Seasonal Journey through Australia’s NorthArtist/Author: Gueho, Russell
A beautiful production with over 100 full-colour photographs, Rhythms of the Kimberley travels through this stunning, dramatically changing, and always surprising, landscape. Guiho looks at both monumental and the seemingly infinitesimal seasonal events – from the massive tides and cataclysmic cyclones to the flowering of plants and the impact of exotics on the environment. Includes fascinating information on local Indigenous food calendars, the role of fire and the seasonal indicators in the night sky.
Island Story: Tasmania in Object and TextArtist/Author: Crane, Ralph and Danielle Wood (Editors)
A handsome full-colour book pairing unique items from the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery with selections of original writing about the southern island.
Indigenous dispossession, a cruel penal history, gay-rights battles; exceptional landscapes, unusual wildlife, environmental activism; colonial architecture, arts and crafts, a thriving creative scene—all are part of the story of Tasmania. And they find their expression in the unparalleled collection of Hobart’s TMAG.
In Island Story, Ralph Crane and Danielle Wood select almost sixty representative TMAG objects: from shell necklaces to a convict cowl, colonial scrimshaw to a thylacine pincushion, contemporary photography to a film star’s travelling case. Each is matched to texts old and new, by writers as diverse as Anthony Trollope, Marie Bjelke-Petersen, Helene Chung, Jim Everett, Heather Rose and Ben Walter.
This is the perfect gift for anyone interested in the island everyone is talking about.
Wildlife of Greater AdelaideArtist/Author: Smith, James I.D.
This book is the result of remarkable people, remarkable organisations and a remarkable community working together to produce a stunning contribution on the wildlife of the state of South Australia. By population, Adelaide is a small city and South Australia a small state. Each of the South Australian scientific institutions lack the individual capacity to undertake the large and complex task of assembling and collating the material for a guide of this type. However, James with his foresight, imagination, drive, determination and ability to create so many working partnerships, solved all the issues in unique ways and has delivered an outstanding product.
Whether digging in the garden, walking the dog, or jogging through a local park, we constantly encounter animals. From the minute and bizarre creatures hidden in the leaf litter, to big, colourful, active mammals and birds, we are surrounded by wildlife. Adelaide and the surrounding Mount Lofty Ranges support a spectacular diversity of fauna, some of which are found nowhere else. However, there is limited benefit in simply encountering this wildlife. If we were able to identify the species, understand their biology and explain their habits to our kids and our visitors alike, how much more rewarding would the experience be? This beautifully illustrated full colour book is a catalogue of the amazing animals with which the region is shared. As a photographic guide it provides descriptions, natural histories and additional information about both native and introduced species. Most importantly, the book equips the reader with the identification skills to explore, understand and appreciate the wildlife of the region.