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Author Rolls, Eric C., author

Title A million wild acres / Eric Rolls
Edition Thirtieth anniversary edition
Published Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1984
©1981
©1981

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Description xiii, 465 pages : illustrations, maps ; 20 cm
regular print
Contents 1. Explorers and livestock : setting up the Board -- 2. The first moves : a difficult game -- 3. The Squatters : the rules are ignored -- 4. Licences to depasture beyond the limits : a new game to new rules -- 5. Runholders and selectors : the rules are modified -- 6. The forest takes over : the game ends -- 7. The Breelong Blacks: a sinister comedy -- 8. Timber and scrub -- 9. Timbergetters and scrub dwellers : a different game -- 10. Mud springs and soda plains -- 11. Animal life : insects, reptiles and others -- 12. Animal life : the Mammals -- 13. Animal life : the Birds -- 14. Wood chips and international airports : a businessmen's game
Summary "When first published in 1981, A million wild acres was seen as a contentious story of men and land; of occupation and growth. By following the men who crossed the Blue Mountains into northern New South Wales, Eric Rolls rewrote the history of settlement and destroyed the argument that Australia's present dense eucalpyt forests are the remnants of 200 years of clearing. The Pilliga teems with wildlife, with plants and trees, with feral pigs, prolific, intelligent and secretive; with the marvellous interaction of insects and plants, rare animals and birds. The lovely tangle which is the modern forest came to life as Rolls - poet, famer, hunter and conservationist - reflected on soils, living conditions, breeding and ecology. Rolls' brilliant writing records the history of changes to the forests, especially to tree density, caused by Aboriginal burning, then by its cessation, and by the arrival of immigrant settlers and animals. His conclusions and their later misrepresentation for political purposes by both farmers and scientists are addressed in this edition by Tom Griffiths' seminal essay, 'The writing of A million wild acres'.--Cover gate fold
Analysis New South Wales - local history
Pillaga Region NSW
Pillaga Region [NSW]
Notes First published: Melbourne : Nelson, 1981, with subtitle '200 years of man and an Australian forest'
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 426-449 and index
Notes Previous ed. Ringwood, Vic. : Penguin, 1984, c1981
Copyright © The Estate of the Late Eric Rolls 2011
Subject Forests and forestry -- Australia -- Pilliga Region (N.S.W.) -- History
Forests and forestry -- Australia -- Pilbora Region (N.S.W.) -- History
Forests and forestry -- Australia -- Pilliga (N.S.W.) -- History.
Forests and forestry -- Australia -- Pilliga region (N.S.W.) -- History
Forests and forestry -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Pilliga Region -- History
Forests and forestry -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Pilliga region -- History
Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia -- Pilliga (N.S.W.)
Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Pilliga Region
Natural history -- Australia -- Pilliga (N.S.W.)
Natural history -- Australia -- New South Wales -- Pilliga
Australia -- History.
Pilliga (N.S.W.) -- History.
Pilliga Region (N.S.W.) -- History
Pilliga region (N.S.W.) -- History
Author Griffiths, Tom, 1957-
Murray, Les A., 1938-
LC no. 2741000083
ISBN 0140071660 (paperback)
Other Titles Million wild acres : two hundred years of man and an Australian forest
1,000,000 wild acres