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Australian Geographic July August 2021

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
art and nature

IN THIS ISSUE we’re celebrating art – great art. We’d noticed how photos of street murals and painted silos were popping up in all types of stories and from right across the country, and thought it was time to find out what’s going on. It’s really quite amazing to see the scale and the gathering speed of this phenomenon as grain silos, water towers, plain walls and even a vast dam are quickly being transformed with imagination, creativity and oceans of paint. What’s most striking about much of this form of creative expression is the way in which the artists seek to depict ordinary Australians going about their daily activities or performing the jobs they and their forebears have done for generations, especially in rural Australia. These scenes and portraits are…

2 min
size matters

IT’S NOT OFTEN we run a cover and major feature using mostly images from an amateur photographer. But when we decided to do a story on numbats we knew we’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with a portfolio of photographs of the little mammals as good as that of Rob McLean. He fell in love with numbats about 10 years ago and began taking a serious photographic interest in them from about 2013, after he bought his first digital camera. We first met Rob when the conservation group he and his mate John Lawson helped found, the Numbat Task Force, was awarded our 2018 Conservationist of the Year. Rob, a truck driver and former stonemason, has always been passionate about animals, particularly native ones, and his first photos were of…

5 min
featured letter

MAGNIFICENT MOUNT Just wanted to say thank you for the wonderful issue AG 161. The general articles are very interesting, but the one of greatest interest to me is War horse, and the story of their activities during World War I. I look up at the wall in my room every day and see my cousin Granville Ryrie mounted on a Waler. He was in the Light Horse Regiment and took part in the Battle of Beersheba. I thought the photo (above) might be of interest to you. John Ryrie, Vaucluse, NSW WRITE TO US! Send us a great letter about AG or a relevant topic. If it’s selected as our featured letter we’ll send you a copy of AG’s beautiful Australia’s Beating Heart poetry book. PROTECTION RACKET Your article Making carbon while the sun shines (AG…

1 min
face mask pollution

THE SAME CONVERGING tropical and temperate currents that create the unique marine ecosystem of Lord Howe Island have been responsible for a multitude of face masks recently washing onto the World Heritage area’s usually pristine shores. Lord Howe has had no recorded COVID cases to date. The masks came from the Singapore-flagged APL England, a cargo ship that, while in transit from China to Melbourne, lost 50 containers in rough seas about 70km south-east of Sydney on 24 May last year. Among the goods carried in the containers were household appliances, building materials and medical supplies – including the face masks. Strong onshore winds and swell pushed the masks and associated debris onto the island’s beaches and headlands. Enthusiastic locals and island staff responded with targeted beach clean-ups. Debris collected…

6 min
wild vets on the move

AG SOCIETY SPONSORED PROJECT THE LETTER IN the gold frame on the wall is in mint condition, but its words are hard to decipher. “That’s what a 94-year-old’s handwriting looks like,” says Dr Stephen Van Mil, founder and CEO of the Byron Bay Wildlife Hospital (BBWH). The letter is from Stephen’s “absolute hero”, Sir David Attenborough, to whom he wrote asking for his endorsement of a wildlife project documenting platypus activity in Victoria. The monotreme is said to be one of Sir David’s favourite animals, and although he declined the request for his support on that project, Stephen was nevertheless “thrilled” to receive the personal response. This year the legendary naturalist and documentary filmmaker turned 95 and the milestone has Stephen wondering who might take his place. “There’s no-one to replace him,” he…

2 min
seeding hope f or koalas

AG SOCIETY SUPPORTED FRIENDS OF THE Koala (FOK), a volunteer-run grassroots conservation organisation based in Lismore, New South Wales, knows better than most just how badly the Black Summer bushfires of 2019–20 have affected koala populations in this former stronghold for the much-loved but beleaguered marsupial. FOK’s plant nursery and koala sanctuary in the Northern Rivers region has been selected to receive special funding and other practical assistance by the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife (FNPW). This non-governmental body is the charitable partner of Australia’s national parks, and raising funds to buy properties is one of its many activities. Since its foundation in 1970 it has added 637,727ha to the national estate, to be protected in perpetuity. The FNPW’s bushfire recovery programs, including Healing Our Land and A Million Trees for…