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Contested Country: A history of the Northcliffe area, Western Australia

Ian and Patricia Crawford



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Whose country is it? And who decides how the land should be managed?

In exploring such fundamental questions, involving divergent views on Aboriginal land rights, environmental issues and, in particular, the future of our forests, Patricia and Ian Crawford argue that differing attitudes to the land underlie many of the current divisions between Aboriginal and European, city and country.

Contested Country focuses on the area surrounding Northcliffe, a small Western Australian country town deep in the cool, rainy karri country and coastal plains of the lower South West.

This book has grown out of the authors' close personal involvement with the region and its people, and their concern for the preservation of one of the most botanically diverse areas of Australia.

Ian and Patricia Crawford

Ian Crawford was head of division of Human Studies at the Western Australian Museum.

He was involved in drafting legislation to protect Aboriginal sites and historic shipwrecks, and his previous...

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Won – 2004 NSW Premier’s History Awards (Community and Regional History Prize)




Paperback, 240 x 170 mm
303 pages




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