Talk - The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia
Sunday, 17 November 2013 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (AEDT)
The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines made Australia
Join Bill Gammage as he outlines his view of Aboriginal land management at the time of European contact. Bill argues that people used fire (and no fire) not just to create grasslands, but to distribute plants carefully and attract specific animals. His historical research reveals how Indigenous people made long-term, precise and detailed management of the land possible, with principles enforced by Aboriginal Law.
Speaker Profile: Bill Gammage AM
Bill Gammage is an adjunct professor in the Humanities Research Centre at the Australian National University (ANU), researching Aboriginal land management. He grew up in Wagga, and was an ANU undergraduate and postgraduate before teaching history at the Universities of Papua New Guinea and Adelaide. He wrote The Broken Years on Australian soldiers in the Great War (1974), 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 served the National Museum of Australia for three years as Council member, deputy chair and acting chair. He 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.
Please print this ticket and bring it with you to the College Street entrance of the Australian Museum.
This ticket includes General Admission and a light afternoon tea which will be served at 2.00pm in the Hallstrom Theatrette. This Theatrette is located on the ground floor next to the Museum shop.
The talk will begin promptly at 2.30pm.
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