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Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu Black Seeds: agriculture or accident ?

by Bruce Pascoe, Magabala Books, 2014.

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing – behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources. 

About the Author

Bruce Pascoe is a Bunurong man born in the Melbourne suburb of Richmond. He is a member of the Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative of southern Victoria and has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. 

From Booktopia website:

The first chapter of this book can be found in the pdfs below.

The book is in the Library's Closed Reserve on Level 3 - there are other chapters relevant to this task.

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European land use practices


Agriculture in Australia: an introduction

Agriculture in Australia explores the technical, economic and human elements of farming and integrates them into the whole farm business. The book examines the science and economics of farming operations that contribute to the nation's gross value of agricultural production, including extensive cropping, sheep and cattle production, and intensive plant and animal activities.

Has a useful chapter on sustainability. A copy of the book can be found at:

REF 630.94 AGR


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