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              Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia

              Rivers: The Lifeblood of Australia (Hardback)

              By Hoskins, Ian; Foreword by Watson, Don

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              Rivers have long run in the blood of Australians. Givers of life and subjects of anguish, Australian rivers have shaped the nation from the moment the first Australians arrived tens of thousands of years ago. Offering the vital ingredient for life, they are also guardians of cult...ure, a means of transportation, sites for play and leisure, and sources of power-deeply entrenched in almost every aspect of human life and an irreplaceable part of the global ecosystem. Australia's vast inland seas of some 50 million years ago have disappeared, leaving a continent that is mostly desert. Of the waters and wetlands that remain, most of which are connected to rivers, 65 are listed as Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance. They are also of incredible-sometimes painful-local importance, as reminders of the dispossession suffered by those first peoples and their descendants and evidence of the devastation wrought by drought and dying waterways. The damming of Western Australia's Ord River during the 1960s and 1970s captured monsoonal rains within a catchment of over 55,000 square kilometres, creating the largest artificial lake on mainland Australia while destroying sites of cultural significance to the Miriwoong people and changing the ecosystem irrevocably. Barely ten years after the completion of the Ord project, the success of the Save the Franklin campaign in Tasmania is a testament to evolving understanding of the precious nature of waterways. Yet even this triumph was fraught: environmentalists' argument for preservation of Tasmania's 'wilderness' contained the implication that the land was without people, despite Indigenous habitation for at least 30,000 years. In this broad-ranging survey of some of Australia's most well-known, loved, engineered and fought over rivers, from Melbourne's Yarra to the Alligator rivers of Kakadu, award-winning author Ian Hoskins presents a history of our complex connections to water. A thoughtful foreword by former prime-ministerial sp
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              ISBN 9780642279569
              Published AU 1 Nov 2020
              Publisher National Library of Australia
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              Coast: A history of the New South Wales Edge

              Coast: A history of the New South Wales Edge (Hardback)

              By Hoskins, Ian

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              From Eden to Byron Bay the New South Wales coast is more than 2000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries, 100 coastal lakes and a rich history. This, the first history written of the New South Wales coast, traces our relationship with this stretch of land and sea starting millennia... ago when Aboriginal people feasted on shellfish and perfected the art of building bark canoes, to our present obsession with the beach as a place to live or holiday. Leading us through the European fascination with marine life, the attempts to establish a whaling industry, the fear of seaborne invasion which led to the creation of a navy of our own in 1911 through to the rise of our unstoppable enthusiasm for surfing and fishing, Ian Hoskins argues that our current enthralment with the coast began more recently than we might think.
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              ISBN 9781742232706
              Published AU 1 Nov 2013
              Publisher NewSouth Publishing
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              Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge
                 

              Coast: A History of the New South Wales Edge (Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

              By Hoskins, Ian

              From Eden to Byron Bay the New South Wales coast is more than 2000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries, 100 coastal lakes and a rich history. This, the first history written of the New South Wales coast, traces our relationship with this stretch of land and sea starting millennia... ago when Aboriginal people feasted on shellfish and perfected the ...
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              ISBN 9781459672727
              Released AU 1 Nov 2013
              Publisher Misc - South Pacific Books
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              Sydney Harbour
                

              Sydney Harbour (Paperback, Large type / large print edition)

              By Hoskins, Ian

              A sweeping history of one of the world's most recognised landscapes, Sydney Harbour explores the story of the waterway from the time of the Gameragal and Gadigal to the highly charged contemporary debates about the future of the harbour. The story moves seamlessly as the harbour ...is taken from its traditional owners and transformed from a pena...
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              ISBN 9781459633384
              Released AU 23 Dec 2011
              Publisher Readhowyouwant
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