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Michael Pearson and Jane Lennon, Pastoral Australia: fortunes, failures and hard yakka: a historical overview 1788-1967.

Michael Pearson and Jane Lennon, Pastoral Australia: fortunes, failures and hard yakka: a historical overview 1788-1967, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 2010, x + 210 pages; ISBN 978 064309 699 8.

Pastoral Australia had its genesis in 2006 as a report for the Federal Government designed to provide the historical context for the selection and assessment of heritage places related to 'pastoralism'. The authors between them have 60 years experience in heritage conservation planning in New South Wales, Victoria and Queensland and apply this to provide a national perspective. While not claiming to be a social or environmental history, the book recognises that pastoralism impelled the spread of modem human settlement across Australia and therefore it sheds some light on exploration and settlement as well as its major focus of sheep and cattle grazing. Special subjects are treated in 24 'boxes' which mostly occupy a full page. These features include dogs, waler horses, rabbits, shearing, water, and the Country Women's Association. The contribution of Indigenous Australians is integrated throughout the text, including drovers, stockmen and women, and the 'walk-offs' of 1966. The book includes six maps and an interesting selection of photographs as well as a fold-out timeline.

Anne-Maree Whitaker

Book Review Editor

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Author:Whitaker, Anne-Maree
Publication:Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society
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Date:Dec 1, 2010
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