Foreword by Henry Reynolds
Australia in 1788
Introduction: The Australian estate
1. Curious landscapes
2. Canvas of a continent
Why was Aboriginal land management possible?
3. The nature of Australia
4. Heaven on earth
How was land managed?
6. The closest ally
9. A capital tour
10. Farms without fences
11. Becoming Australian
Appendix 1: Science, history and landscape
Appendix 2: Current botanical names for plants named with capitals in the text
Explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness, revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.
Bill Gammage is the author of The Broken Years: Australian Soldiers in the Great War.
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