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Hoskins Ian



Price: $49.99
Format: Hardback
ISBN13: 9780642279569
Published: October 2020

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*Longlisted for the 2021 Indie Book Awards: Illustrated Non-Fiction*

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 culture, 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
speechwriter Don Watson laments the price rivers have paid for human industry
and calls for greater connection with the waterways we rely on for our
existence. In 2015, Watson's The Bush - part
memoir, part travelogue, part history - was named the NSW Premier's Literary
Awards book of the year and the Australian Independent Booksellers indie book
of the year.

Book details and technical specifications

Format: Hardback
ISBN13: 9780642279569
Published: October 2020

Number of pages: 324
Width: 190 mm
Height: 230 mm
Depth: not specified

Publisher: National Library of Australia

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