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Long before horse-drays and later cars found their way into the high country of southeastern Australia, it was criss-crossed by ancient Aboriginal foot-tracks. This book describes how the pattern of pathways changed as explorers, stockmen, miners, and early recreational travellers struggled to open up this challenging terrain,
Contempory Aborigines also tell their story of survival and change from hunter-gatherers to urban people, in the staggeringly short time of a hundered and fifty years.
Dr. Kabaila combines evidence from a a great variety of sources, never before combined, to reveal this lost history. He draws on rare unpublished maps and explorers' accounts, and on the oral history of Aboriginal peoples. He records many of the routes taken by Aboriginal moth hunters, residents of Aboriginal missions, and Europeans up to the 1940s, and explains the contexts in which these movements took place. He also shows how the major roads and mountain passes of today grew from these early pathways.
This story is supported by analysis of contempory issues, quick reference maps, and an index that shows the history of today's high country roads and towns.
This book investigates:
-Aboriginal life before European arrival
-Spiritual places in the landscape
-Early settlers and their routes
-Mountain stockmen, miners and loggers
-Life in Aboriginal missions
-Early origins of present day roads