Explorations Series (Dubbo): The Biggest Estate on Earth - Bill Gammage


Start: 2nd Aug 2016 6:00pm
End: 2nd Aug 2016 7:00pm

Followed by light refreshments and book sales/signings (book cost $35, cash only)

Using illustrations, this public lecture will sketch how Aboriginal people, including Wiradjuri, managed land at the time Europeans arrived.  People allied with fire and no fire to distribute plants, and used plant distribution to locate animals, birds, reptiles and insects. Country was carefully arranged to give every species a preferred habitat according to Law, while resources were made abundant, convenient and predictable. The landscape was not natural in 1788, but made.

Bill Gammage is an emeritus professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra. He grew up in Wiradjuri country, and was an ANU undergraduate and postgraduate before teaching history at the Universities of Papua New Guinea (1966, 1972-6) and Adelaide (1977-96). He wrote The Broken Years on Australian soldiers in the Great War (1974), An Australian in the First World War (1976), Narrandera Shire (1986), The Sky Travellers on the 1938-39 Hagen-Sepik Patrol in New Guinea (1998), and The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia (2011). He co-edited the Australians 1938 volume of the Bicentennial History of Australia (1988), and three books about Australians in World War 1. Bill was historical adviser to Peter Weir's film Gallipoli and to several documentaries. He served the National Museum of Australia for three years as Council member, deputy chair and acting chair. Bill was made a Freeman of the Shire of Narrandera in 1987, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Sciences in 1991, and an AM in 2005.

Venue / Address:
Charles Sturt University, Building 902, Lecture Theatre 422, Tony McGrane Place, Dubbo NSW

Contact Phone: (02) 6885 7370
Contact Email: Melissa Britnell, Regional Relations Assistant

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