Essay from the year 2003 in the subject History - Australia, Oceania, grade: HD-, James Cook University (James Cook University), course: Effective Writing, language: English, abstract: In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, explorers from several European nations discovered various parts of Australia, but initially no nation put forward concrete proposals for either the use or the settlement of the land. Dutch explorers first discovered Australia in 1606, but they considered it as being of no economic value to their mother country. British explorers were more fortunate when, in 1768, Lieutenant James Cook, the appointed Commander of His Majesty's ship Endeavour, discovered the more inhabitable east coast of Australia. In 1770, the British government claimed the eastern half of Australia for the British realm and King George III named it New South Wales. At this time, no plans were put forward for the settlement of British people in Australia, or for any other use of the land - it became just another part of the Empire. However, in the years following Captain Cook's discovery, the idea of the newly found land in the far distance began to attract the British government, including the possible use of Australia for convict deportation. Eventually, the first settlement was a penal one and this is now generally considered to be the main reason for settlement, but the analysis of other factors such as non-convict settlers, economic exploitation of the land, empire building, and the use for strategic military purposes, suggests that convict deportation might have been initially just a convenient solution for a social problem: the disposal of the growing number of convicts that were crowded in hulks along the River Thames. Subsequent naval explorations came to suggest substantial benefits for safeguarding British interests: advantages in the competition for trade with Asia and, most importantly, the strengthening of the British Empire.
The tropical north of Australia covers almost half of the countrys total land area, is occupied by no more than about 5% of the total population, and yet has been estimated to account for close to 70% of the countrys potential freshwater resources. The region experiences strong climatic variability, both spatially and seasonally, with large areas subject to long dry periods interspersed by short periods of torrential rain. This book presents an overview of the freshwater resources of a region that has undergone a period of intense development (agricultural, industrial and social) over recent decades and for which is predicted a continuing period of development into the future. The author describes how the availability of surface, groundwater and stored freshwater, in terms of both quantity and quality, will continue to be the major factor influencing such development. It will also highlight how the emphasis on ensuring year-round water supply has, in recent decades, shifted to one of management to ensure sustainability of this vital resource and maintenance of the ecological health of what is known to be a fragile ecosystem. This book draws on the authors 25+ years of experience as a professional biologist living and working (as a teacher/researcher) in the tropical north of Australia, a region which in light of strengthening trade and other links between Australia and its neighbouring south-east Asian countries, is likely to become of increasing international significance in the future.
We're All Australians Now follows the tradition of A & R children's classics such as MULGA'S BILL BICYCLE and CLICK GO THE SHEARS, A.B. 'Banjo' Paterson's poem is illustrated by the award-winning Mark Wilson.
In 1915, Australia's much-loved bush poet Banjo Paterson wrote, as an open letter to the troops, a poem he titles 'We're All Australians Now'.
In this beautifully illustrated picture book, award-winning illustrator Mark Wilson evokes the spirit of Paterson's words in memory of those who fought in World War One.
Have you ever wanted to cook like Bobby Flay or Rachel Ray, but you don't know how to use a frying pan? Or you have that special someone coming over and you want to have a romantic dinner for two, but the only thing you know to make is grilled cheese? Well, in the pages of this book, I will take you on a journey back to mama's kitchen, such a simpler time, where everything was made from scratch--from chicken fried steak to fried chicken and gravy.
Story of a scientific expedition to Alice Springs Australia to observe the supernova of 1987 using a high altitude balloon. Includes an account of the long airline flight, various encounters with Australians and a visit to Ayer's Rock.
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