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Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia. Coming May 2018Artist/Author: Fred Cahir, Ian Clark, Philip Clarke
Arriving in May 2018: Pre-order your copy today.
Provides an insight into the environmental knowledge of Indigenous Australians.
Indigenous Australians have long understood sustainable hunting and harvesting, seasonal changes in flora and fauna, predator–prey relationships and imbalances, and seasonal fire management. Yet the extent of their knowledge and expertise has been largely unknown and underappreciated by non-Aboriginal colonists, especially in the south-east of Australia where Aboriginal culture was severely fractured.
Aboriginal Biocultural Knowledge in South-eastern Australia is the first book to examine historical records from early colonists who interacted with south-eastern Australian Aboriginal communities and documented their understanding of the environment, natural resources such as water and plant and animal foods, medicine and other aspects of their material world. This book provides a compelling case for the importance of understanding Indigenous knowledge, to inform discussions around climate change, biodiversity, resource management, health and education. It will be a valuable reference for natural resource management agencies, academics in Indigenous studies and anyone interested in Aboriginal culture and knowledge.
The Kimberley: endemic frogs, reptiles, birds and mammals.Artist/Author: Ward, Craig and Ian Morris.
In this visually stunning book the authors detail every endemic frog, reptile, bird and mammal found in Australia’s Kimberley region of Western Australia. This book brings up to date the list of unique animals found only in the Kimberley, showcasing them in a spectacular collection of full colour photographs. Beautifully presented, somewhere in between a field guide and a coffee table book, this title will be invaluable for all those interested in Australia’s endemic fauna and this region.
Voyage Around TasmaniaArtist/Author: Peter Hendrie
A photographic voyage through the islands of Bass Strait and around Tasmania.
Peter Hendrie sailed to destinations that are rarely visited such as the Kent Group in Bass Strait and the Davey River Gorges in the South-West wilderness.
The book is a compilation of photographs from the perspective of the water and from the air of the coastal regions, islands and river systems of Tasmania.
Getting together a crew that at times comprised experienced sailors and other times complete novices he sailed from his base in Melbourne to King and Flinders islands, as well as the little known Kent Island Group in Bass Strait.
Gaining experience and confidence with every voyage into the notoriously gale prone waters of Bass Strait he sailed down Tasmania’s isolated west coast and into Macquarie and Bathurst Harbours in the South-West wilderness and up the Gordon, Franklin and Davey Rivers.
Sailing across the bottom of Tasmania through the waters known as the Roaring 40’s and into the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, past the stunning cliffs of the Tasman and Freycinet Peninsulas he captured images of a side of Tasmania rarely seen.
The Daintree Blockade: the battle for Australia’s tropical rainforest.Artist/Author: Wilkie, Bill.
Bill Wilkie takes readers into the heart of the Daintree, Queensland, the oldest rainforest on the planet, revealing the courage, passion and dedication of those who fought to protect it.
On the 30 November 1983, a small group of local residents organised a protest to stop work on a road being built from Cape Tribulation to Bloomfield, in far north Queensland. The road was set to go through the recently declared Cape Tribulation National Park, and some of the last remaining low land tropical rainforest in the country. The protest brought a stop to construction, the media arrived, the police were called in, and protesters were arrested. When supporters of the protest arrived from southern states, the confrontation escalated into a full-blown environmental protest: The Daintree Blockade.
The blockade set off a clash of ideologies: greenies against developers, hippies against the local council, and anarchists against police. In time, the Daintree blockade would take its place as one of the big three early rainforest campaigns (along with Terania Creek and the Franklin) that helped shape the growing Australian environment movement.
Australian SeashoresArtist/Author: Australian Seashores
Lavishly illustrated with more than 550 colour photographs on gloss paper throughout.
A life underwater.Artist/Author: Veron, Charlie.
Hailed by David Attenborough and proclaimed a second Charles Darwin, Charlie Veron has lived up to his namesake. Even as a toddler, he had a deep affinity with the natural world, and by school age he knew more about some sciences than his teachers did. This didn’t prevent him failing in a system that smothered creativity, and it was only by chance that he went to university. And only by chance that he became a marine biologist, through his love of scuba diving. But once he found his specialty he revolutionised it. He generated a new concept of evolution that incorporates environmental change and a radical idea of what species are, matters which lie at the heart of conservation. He has identified more coral species than anyone in history, and in the process become known as the Godfather of Coral. Charlie has dived most of the world’s coral reefs, revelling in a beauty that few others have seen. In this engaging memoir he explains what reefs say about our planet’s past and future, and why it’s critical they be protected. And also why it’s critical that scholarly independence be safeguarded.
For it was the freedom he had as a young scientist, to be wayward, to take risks, a freedom barely imaginable in today’s world of managed academia, that allowed his breakthroughs. Exhilaratingly eye-opening, provocative, funny and warm, A Life Underwater is an inspiration to the young and the young at heart.
Field guide to Australian mammals.Artist/Author: Hall, Les and Steve Parish.
This user friendly guide provides essential information on over 260 mammal species commonly found in Australia. This guide teams full colour photographs and biological information with the natural history of the animal’s environment, habitat and evolution. Also included are interesting snippets and fascinating facts about each family and genus, and how Australian mammals came to be so different from those on other continents. Also includes a section on wildlife photography by award winning photographer Steve Parish.
The wet tropics: endemic terrestrial vertebrates of Australia’s wet tropics.Artist/Author: Ward, Craig and Tim Hawkes.
Through a stunning collection of full colour photographs, this book showcases every endemic frog, reptile, bird and mammal found in Australia’s wet tropics bringing up to date the list of unique animals of this region. Recently described species are included as well as updates on the status of others, making this the most accurate and comprehensive listing in print. This book is a celebration of the endemic species of the wet tropics, the photographers and biologists who work there, and a call to arms for conservation.
Dark emu black seeds: agriculture or accident.Artist/Author: Pascoe, Bruce.
This book puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources.
Winner of the NSW Premier’s Award 2016.
Natural history and field guide to Australia’s Top End.Artist/Author: van Oosterzee, Penny, et al.
An essential guide for those travelling to Australia’s Top End. Written and compiled by renowned naturalists and photographers, this book is split into two parts, one covering the region’s natural history and the second part a field guide to the fauna and flora commonly found in the area. This is an extraordinary and beautiful companion for living in or visiting Australia’s tropical north.
Birds and animals of Australia’s Top End: Darwin, Kakadu, Katherine and Kununurra.Artist/Author: Leseberg, Nick and Iain Campbell.
One of the most amazing wildlife-watching destinations on earth, the Top End of Australia’s Northern Territory is home to incredible birds and animals, from gaudy Red-collared Lorikeets to sinister Estuarine crocodiles and raucous Black flying-foxes. With this lavishly illustrated photographic field guide, you will be able to identify the most common animals and learn about their fascinating biology, from how Agile wallaby mothers can pause their pregnancies to why Giant frogs spend half the year buried underground in waterproof cocoons. The Top End stretches from the tropical city of Darwin in the north, to the savannas of Mataranka in the south, and southwest across the vast Victoria River escarpments to the Western Australian border. The region includes some of Australia’s most popular and impressive tourist destinations, such as Kakadu, Litchfield, Nitmiluk, and Gregory national parks, and is visited by more than two hundred thousand tourists every year. An essential field guide for anyone visiting the Top End, this book will vastly enhance your appreciation of the region’s remarkable wildlife. Features hundreds of stunning colour photographs along with concise information on identification, habits and preferred habitat for each species.
The bush: travels in the heart of Australia.Artist/Author: Watson, Don.
Most Australians live in cities or cling to the coastal fringe, yet our sense of what Australia is, is drawn from the vast and varied inland called the bush. But what do we mean by ‘the bush’, and how has it shaped our nation? Starting with his forebears’ battle to drive back nature and make a living from the land, Don Watson explores the bush as it was and as it now is: the triumphs and the ruination, the commonplace and the bizarre, the stories we like to tell about ourselves and the national character, and those we don’t. Via mountain ash and mallee, the birds and the beasts, slaughter, fire, flood and drought, swagmen, sheep and their shepherds, the strange and the familiar, the tragedies and the follies, the crimes and the myths and the hope – here is a journey that only our leading writer of non-fiction could take us on. At once magisterial in scope and alive with telling, wry detail, The Bush lets us see our landscape and its inhabitants afresh, examining what we have made, what we have destroyed, and what we have become in the process. No one who reads it will look at this country the same way again. Also available in paperback [stock id 37558].