Bill Gammage is a historian and adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University.
In this book, he explodes the myth that pre-settlement Australia was an untamed wilderness revealing the complex, country-wide systems of land management used by Aboriginal people.
Across Australia, early Europeans commented again and again that the land looked like a park. With extensive grassy patches and pathways, open woodlands and abundant wildlife, it evoked a country estate in England. Bill Gammage has discovered this was because Aboriginal people managed the land in a far more systematic and scientific fashion than we have ever realised.
We know Aboriginal people spent far less time and effort than Europeans in securing food and shelter, and now we know how they did it.
"A beautiful and profound piece of writing, one that has importance for us all." --"Age"
"This bold book, with its lucid prose and vivid illustrations, will be discussed for years to come." --"Australian Book Review"