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Australian Geographic January - February 2019

Australian Geographic, Australia’s premier geographic journal, brings you the best of the country from those who know it best. Discover Australia’s rich cultural heritage, its beautiful landscapes, its unique and diverse plants and wildlife, and explore outback towns and the true-blue characters who call them home.

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Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
your award-winning ag

WE LOVE GIVING OUT awards here at Australian Geographic. It’s the highlight of our year when, at the annual AG awards gala, we get to honour the adventurers and conservationists who motivate and delight us. This always inspiring event was made even more special last October in Sydney by the attendance of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle (see Your Society, page 30). We were especially thrilled and honoured when we found ourselves on the receiving end of an award at the prestigious Australian Magazine Awards in November. It’s the third time in succession that Australian Geographic has been named Specialist Magazine Brand of the Year. The honour doesn’t just acknowledge the excellence of the Australian Geographic journal, but of a whole raft of other related…

3 min.
notes from the field

Adventure destinations don’t come much more exciting than Antarctica. For writer and photographer Justin Gilligan, whose trip formed part of his prize for winning the 2017 Australian Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year competition, visiting the frozen continent was a bucket-list item. “It has always been a dream of mine to go to Antarctica, and this expedition exceeded all expectations,” he says. “A highlight for me was crossing the Antarctic polar front, a convergence zone where warm subantarctic water sinks beneath cold Antarctic water. From this point in the expedition, icebergs were a common occurrence and I just couldn’t get enough of them. Each had its own distinct shape, and I became lost in a visually complex, ever-changing seascape where blocks of ice the size of suburbs drifted without anchor.” An…

1 min.
featured letter

SPORTING CONNECTION Thank you for your illuminating articles in AG 147. I was particularly interested in references to post-Armistice sporting activities of the AIF (Australian Imperial Force), because I was vaguely aware that my grandfather W. R. (Roger) Bradley had played rugby in England while awaiting a ship home. I was thrilled to see the photograph of the AIF First XV on page 95 (above) and immediately recognised my grandfather in the photograph (third from the right, top row). Searching through family papers, I came across a copy of a frail certificate from the King’s Cup Championship presented to Sergeant W. R. Bradley by Major General Harrington at the end of the tournament. I also discovered a book entitled Soldiers and Sportsmen, written by Lieutenant G. H. Goddard and published in…

5 min.
memories of war

REWARDING COURAGE I was particularly interested that AG 147 has listed all our Victoria Cross recipients, because I have just finished reading the book One False Move [by Robert Macklin], which describes four brave Australians – Leon Goldsworthy, George Gosse, Stuart Mould and Hugh Syme – who specialised in defusing mines around Britain in World War II. These four courageous men received the nearest equivalent civilian award, the George Cross, because their war service would not qualify for the Victoria Cross. They deserve to be remembered for the contribution they made defusing mines and bombs when sea mines of a new and unusual type threatened to cripple British merchant shipping. The four Aussies, leaders in this dangerous field, developed new techniques to handle these monsters. They were often called out for…

4 min.
striking out

MOST OF US HAVE experienced it at some time – the distressing thud that signals a probably fatal collision of bird and window. Such occurrences are a growing conservation concern; window collisions kill more birds than any other human-related factor except habitat destruction. Estimates suggest the number of birds killed like this globally each year could be in the billions. Australian ornithological consultant Stephen Ambrose has spent almost two decades advising councils, architects and developers on how to improve building design to reduce the risk of bird strikes. Collisions, he explains, are mostly caused by birds trying to reach habitat they can either see through the window or reflected in it. He adds that migratory species are particularly at risk, although the precise impact bird–window collisions are having on Australian species has…

1 min.
how you can help

• If you’re building or renovating, use bird-safe glass for your windows. • For existing windows – particularly those facing garden areas – apply an external anti-reflective film, tape or string to deter birds. • Install fibreglass screening in front of windows. If mounted correctly (at least 13cm in front of the window with enough tension), most birds will bounce off them. • Place feeders either close to, or far away from windows. • Leave blinds partially open so a striped pattern is visible from outside. If you have curtains, close them. • If you have any ‘through-house’ lines of sight, block them with a curtain or blind, or by closing an internal door. • At night, use low-intensity lighting and direct light from lamps away from windows. • For a bird stunned by a collision, use…