NewSouth Books, June 2018, 256 pages, paperback
Unimpeded by any landmass, the mysterious Southern Ocean flows completely around Earth from west to east between the seasonally shifting icy continent of Antarctica and the coastlines and islands of Australia, New Zealand, South America and South Africa.
Weaving together sea captains’ journals, whalers’ log books, explorers’ letters, scientific research and ancient beliefs with her own voyage of discovery, Joy McCann reveals the secrets of a little-known ocean.
Wild Sea explores a little-known ocean and its emerging importance as a barometer of planetary climate change
NewSouth Books, June 2018, 256 pages, paperback
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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 Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s last great wilderness areas. Its unique environment supports an astonishing and almost unequalled biodiversity, from microscopic plankton to whales. The human history of the Reef is no less intriguing. Indigenous Australians have known the Reef for millennia and their Dreaming stories offer tantalising glimpses of a truly ancient world. Europeans first encountered the Reef some 500 years ago, but have only recently begun to understand its almost unimaginable complexity.
The Great Barrier Reef: A Queensland Museum Discovery Guide weaves these equally vibrant strands of natural and cultural heritage into a single narrative that leads the reader on their own voyage of discovery through one of the most beautiful places on Earth.
Lavishly illustrated with over 1,300 beautiful full colour images, this comprehensive publication covers the history of the reef and looks at its biological, ecological, cultural and historical significance. Showcases the wide variety of animals to be found on Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.
The Macquarie and Dixon collectors’ chests hold tales of ambition, friendship and intrigue played out against the beautiful and confronting Australian frontier landscape. Commissioned by Governor Macquarie in the early 1800s, these cabinets of curiosities display exotic natural history including layers of jewel-bright preserved butterflies, insects and birds, seaweed specimens and shells, as well as beautifully painted panels believed to be by some of Australia’s best early colonial painters. This book traces the journey of the chests, which have recently been reunited for the first time in nearly 200 years, and reveals much about the fledgling colony, Governor Macquarie, the convict artists who worked on the chests and the natural history of colonial Australia.
Rare & Curious uncovers the secret histories of the Macquarie and Dixson Galleries collectors’ chests for the first time, telling stories of ambition and failure, friendship and betrayal, intrigue and mystery.
The Macquarie collectors’ chest, an enigmatic wooden cabinet filled with painted panels and exotic treasures, was created in Australia for Governor Lachlan Macquarie in around 1818. It was taken to the United Kingdom, and languished forgotten and unnoticed in a Scottish castle until it was rediscovered in the late 1970s.
The Mitchell Library of New South Wales acquired the chest, and its remarkable similarity to the Dixson Galleries collectors’ chest, acquired by the Library in 1937, raised intriguing questions about the cabinets’ creators, owners and purpose. Filled with more than 150 stunning photographs and paintings, Rare & Curious presents these unusual and beautiful chests within a lavishly produced, elegant book.
Elizabeth Ellis is the former Mitchell Librarian and Assistant State Librarian, Collection Management Services, at the State Library of New South Wales,Sydney. She is now inaugural Emeritus Curator at the Mitchell Library and an Honorary Associate with the Department of History, University of Sydney. Her previous publications include Conrad Martins: Life & Art and, as a contributing author, First Views of Australia 17881825: A History of Early Sydney and Reframing Darwin: Evolution and Art in Australia.
A handy photographic pocket guide to the most widely seen birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and habitats of Australia. The guide features more than 400 stunning colour photographs, and coverage includes 350 birds, 70 mammals, 30 reptiles, and 16 frogs likely to be encountered in Australia’s major tourist destinations. Accessible species accounts are useful for both general travellers and serious naturalists, and the invaluable habitat section describes the Australian bush and its specific wildlife. Animal species with similar features are placed on the same plates in order to aid identification. Wildlife of Australia is an indispensable and thorough resource for any nature enthusiast interested in this remarkable continent. Easy-to-use pocket guide More than 400 high-quality photographs. Accessible text aids identification Habitat guide describes the Australian bush and its specific wildlife. Coverage includes the 350 birds, 70 mammals, 30 reptiles, and 16 frogs most likely to be seen on a trip around Australia.