Invisible Country

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Paperback - January 2016 - AU $29.99

Describes the environmental change that has occurred in south-western Australia since European settlement, through four case studies.

When Europeans first settled in Australia, the land withheld many of its secrets from these new arrivals. There were broad rivers, wide plains and tall forests, all of which, to European eyes, suggested promising sites for settlement. To many of the new settlers, the First Australians were a puzzle. They moved freely through country they knew intimately. They had useful things to say to the European newcomers – if they would listen. What few realised then was that Aboriginal people and the land they lived in were indistinguishable. Failure to read the people made it hard to read the country. + Full description

Invisible Country describes the environmental change that has occurred in south-western Australia since European settlement, through four case studies of the development of local rivers, forests and coastal plains. These stories, compiled through extensive conversations broadcaster and writer Bill Bunbury has conducted with farmers, ecologists, traditional owners and others who rely on the land, are book-ended by an examination of the historical perspective in which these changes have occurred. It is a reminder that the land owns people, not the other way around, and is the beginning of a conversation about understanding and care for a land we are all lucky to live in.

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Details

Paperback | January 2016 | $ 29.99
ISBN: 9781742586250 | 270 pages | 234 x 153 mm
Publisher: University of Western Australia Press

Authors

Bill Bunbury is a broadcaster, documentary maker and Adjunct Professor of Communications and History at Murdoch University. After joining the ABC in 1969, Bunbury pioneered the use of oral hstory in creating radio features about Australian life and society. His radio documentaries have received a number of awards including the United Nations Australia Peace Prize. Bunbury is a regular speaker at history associations on the topics of the oral, environmental and social history of Western Australia.