Rolls, Eric: Million Wild Acres

Rolls, Eric

A Million Wild Acres: 200 years of man and an Australian forest, Nelson, Melbourne, 1981; 3oth anniversary edition, Hale & Iremonger, 2011

Describes the interactions between humans and their environment in the Pilliga scrub country of north-western New South Wales. An obituary of the author is here and a review of the book (anniversary edition) is here which notes that ‘the book highlights conflict and reconciliation between European settlers and Aborigines, the role of legislation on land management practice, the importance of developments in machinery, plant and animal breeding on primary production, and landscape changes invoked by humans and the natural elements of fire, drought and flood’. The ideas in the book are controversial and some of the controversy is addressed here.

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