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Author Broome, Richard, 1948- author

Title Mallee Country : land, people, history / Richard Broome, Charles Fahey, Andrea Gaynor & Katie Holmes
Published Clayton, Victoria : Monash University Publishing, [2020]


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  994 Bro/Mcl  DUE 30-06-20
Description xiv, 415 pages : illustrations, map, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary Mallee Country tells the powerful history of mallee lands and people across southern Australia from Deep Time to the present. Carefully shaped and managed by Aboriginal people for over 50,000 years, mallee country was dramatically transformed by settlers, first with sheep and rabbits, then by flattening and burning the mallee to make way for wheat. Government backed settlement schemes devastated lives and country, but some farmers learnt how to survive the droughts, dust storms, mice, locusts and salinity - as well as the vagaries of international markets - and became some of Australia's most resilient agriculturalists. In Mallee Country, innovation and tenacity have been neighbours to hardship and failure. Mallee Country is a story of how land and people shape each other. It is the story of how a landscape once derided by settlers as a 'howling wilderness' covered in 'dismal scrub' became home to citizens who delighted in mallee fauna and flora and fought to conserve it for future generations. And it is the story of the dreams, sweat and sorrows of people who face an uncertain future of depopulation and climate change with creativity and hope
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Mallee lands -- Australia
Frontier and pioneer life -- South Australia -- Murray Mallee
Land use -- South Australia -- Murray Mallee
Natural history -- South Australia -- Murray Mallee
Natural resources -- South Australia -- Murray Mallee
Frontier and pioneer life -- Victoria -- Mallee Region
Land use -- Victoria -- Mallee Region
Natural history -- Victoria -- Mallee Region
Natural resources -- Victoria -- Mallee Region
Mallee lands -- Western Australia
Agriculture -- South Australia -- Murray Mallee
Agriculture -- Victoria -- Mallee Region
Agriculture -- Australia -- Western Australia
Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia -- Western Australia
Land use -- Australia -- Western Australia
Natural history -- Australia -- Western Australia
Natural resources -- Australia -- Western Australia
Aboriginal Australians -- South Australia -- Murray Mallee
Aboriginal Australians -- Victoria -- Mallee Region
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Western Australia.
Murray Mallee (S. Aust.) -- History
Mallee Region (Vic.) -- History
Western Australia -- History.
Author Fahey, C. (Charles), author
Gaynor, Andrea, author
Holmes, Katie, author
ISBN 9781925523126