The Australian Ark

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The definitive work on the introduction of domestic animals to Australia.

This definitive work on the introduction of domestic animals to Australia begins with the first white settlement at Botany Bay. It explores the foundations of our wool and beef industries, examining the role of early leaders like Phillip, King, Macarthur and Bligh.

The book considers the successful introduction of the horse, Australia's first live animal export, and goes on to explore the role of the acclimatisation societies, the development of the veterinary profession and the control and eradication of some of the major exotic and introduced diseases of sheep and cattle. + Full description

The author, Dr Ian Parsonson, retired as Assistant Chief of the Australian Animal Health Laboratory at Geelong, Victoria, after a long career in veterinary practice and research. His areas of expertise include bacterial and viral diseases, pathology and microbiological laboratory safety. He is a committee member of the International Embryo Transfer Society and the Animal Gene Storage and Resource Centre of Australia.

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No longer available in a print edition.


“Ian Parsonson has assembled a comprehensive account of the history of domesticated animals in Australia . . . The Australian Ark provides a fascinating read for those who are particularly curious about our livestock or veterinary history.”
Australian Landcare, March 2000

“The book provides a useful synthesis of the development of our present livestock industry and some of the veterinary challenges it has faced."
Nick Drayson, National Museum of Australia (Historical Records of Australian Science, v.13 no.2 December 2000)


ePDF | January 1998
ISBN: 9780643100688
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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  1. Beginning
  2. The New Settlement: Governor Phillip and Lieutenant-Governor King
  3. The Importance of Philip Gidley King
  4. The Reverend Samuel Marsden
  5. Macarthur's Role in the Australian Sheep Industry
  6. Other Important Early Sheep Breeders
  7. Saxony Sheep
  8. The Agricultural Companies in the Colonies
  9. The New State Colonies
  10. Cattle in the Colonies
  11. Horses in the Colonies
  12. Acclimatisation Societies
  13. The British Background of the Veterinary Profession in the Australian Colonies
  14. Diseases of Sheep in the Colonies
  15. Diseases of Cattle in the Colonies
  16. Diseases that Affect Most Mammals
  17. Legislation for Control of Animals from 1800 to Federation
  18. Changing for the Future
Historical Records; References
Appendix 1
Appendix 2