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Australian Geographic September - October 2020

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.

Australian Geographic Holdings Pty Ltd
R 96,04
R 264,32
6 Issues

in this issue

3 min
resilience required

IT’S SPRING. And despite our mild winters, there’s always something invigorating about the time of year when the days grow longer and the temperature rises. This time around, however, it’s considerably harder to invoke the sense of anticipation and hopefulness that usually comes along with the season of reawakening. As the global pandemic rolls on and on, life shows no sign of returning to normal, or even of finding that “new normal” we were all squaring up to about mid-year. With no end in sight, we need to find that inner resilience more than ever before, and to do that we need hope. Hope springs from many sources, and hearing stories of courage in the face of adversity can help us tap our own resources. In this issue we share some…

1 min
ag subscriber benefits

IF YOU ARE a subscriber to AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC you are automatically a member and supporter of the Australian Geographic Society. A portion of each subscription goes towards supporting scientific and environmental research, conservation, community projects and Australian adventurers. Benefits include: ✓Substantial savings off the magazine’s retail price ✓Invitations to exclusive AG Society events ✓Discounts on travel and accommodation through AG partners ✓25% off selected cruises with Coral Expeditions ✓A complimentary Paddy Pallin membership, entitling you to 10% off their full-priced items in-store and online…

2 min
roads less travelled

Photographer Dave Laslett (above) has converted an ex-military six-wheel-drive Land Rover Perentie 110 series into a functional self-contained mobile art space. He travels widely throughout his home state of South Australia, the APY Lands and surrounding communities, as well as around Port Augusta, creating respectful portraits primarily focused on the First Peoples of Australia and passing on his technical skills to members of remote Indigenous communities. On his first assignment for AG, Celebrating our native pantry(page 50), Dave travelled to the Coorong to apply his unique documentary style of photography to the Ngarrindjeri kuti fishermen harvesting pipis on the beach in ways their forebears did for millennia. To achieve his dramatic opening shot, Dave placed his lighting set-up out beyond the water’s edge, just as the tide was sweeping in behind…

2 min
your say

GHAN QUERY First, let me congratulate you on a magnificent magazine. You have a wide range of excellently researched articles, and every issue is eagerly awaited and avidly devoured! However, in AG 156, you featured coins celebrating the Ghan. I know the general thinking and the official railway brochures say that the name originates from the Afghan cameleers. There is, however, some conjecture on that subject. In his 2014 published book Australia’s Best Unknown Stories, Sydney author Jim Haynes has a different slant. He says the train was nicknamed after rail Commissioner George Gahan. I have no idea which is the correct story, but it does go to show there are mysteries everywhere, doesn’t it! Please keep up the excellent work! GRAHAM PICTON, EARLWOOD, NSW SIZE DOES MATTER I found Size matters (AG 156) most interesting. This…

1 min
featured letter

FAMILY MEMORIES During these COVID-19 lockdown days, it was great to receive AG 155 and discover an article that helps me with my family story writing for my grandchildren. I was delighted to see Phil Jarratt’s story about Agnes Water and The Town of 1770, contrasting the lives of the early settlers with today’s holiday activities. My great-grandparents were Rachael and Daniel Clowes, who immigrated with two children from Ayr, Scotland, in 1862 on the wooden three-masted Ariadne. This was the first immigrant ship to sail directly to Maryborough and is shown on a commemorative plaque in the town. What adventurous tales I can weave for my grandchildren about the trip described in the Maryborough Chronicle of 9 October 1862. “With the exception of a little scurvy, the passengers all appear in…

1 min
phoenix trees

BUSHFIRES ARE A natural consequence of the Aussie climate, and eucalypts have evolved superb adaptations to survive, even thrive, through frequent trials by flame. All but a few species form a knobbly mass called a lignotuber, most of which is hidden below ground, safe from fire. Many ligno tuber species also sprout epicormic shoots, which emerge directly from their trunks. These spring from unique strands of cells deep within living tissue that lie dormant under the bark of unburnt trees. When fire sweeps through a eucalypt forest and destroys the leaf canopy, shoots emerge from the lignotuber or appear as epi cormic buds to quickly begin photosynthesising, sustaining the scorched trees until their lush crowns have a chance to regrow. A few months later, this epicormic growth thickens and lengthens…