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Australian Geographic July - August 2018

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

2 min
celebrating science

PLEASE don’t freak out when you discover our cover this month features a non-Australian animal! We haven’t suddenly expanded our editorial focus to encompass the rest of the world. This peculiar animal, the pangolin, is the first non-native creature to grace our unashamedly Australian magazine, and there’s a good reason for that. As we promote Australian Science Week in this edition, we’re proud to publish the story of an inspiring multidisciplinary team of young Australian women scientists whose trailblazing research has the potential to disrupt the growing scourge of the global illegal wildlife trade (see page 38). The research, which was supported by you, our subscribers, through an Australian Geographic Society grant, has pioneered scientific methods to help identify the true source of animals, like the pangolin and many of our…

3 min
notes from the field

MOST OF US with two arms would struggle to shear an unwieldy, writhing sheep. So, while shooting Flocking back to wool (see page 88), photographer Randy Larcombe was intrigued and inspired by one-armed shearer Josh Talbot (see page 4) at Hamilton Run stud in South Australia. “Josh lost his arm in a road accident when he was young,” Randy explains. Becoming a shearer like his older brother was always Josh’s dream, and it looked as if the accident was going to put paid to that. But Josh’s resourceful brother wasn’t going to let that happen. He tied one arm behind his back and taught himself how to shear one-handed, so he could teach Josh. “I heard this story before I saw him do it and couldn’t imagine how it could be…

1 min
featured letter

MAILBAG WELCOMES FEEDBACK Send letters, including an address and phone number, to editorial@ausgeo.com.au or to Australian Geographic, GPO Box 4088, Sydney NSW 2001. Letters will be edited for length and clarity. WRITE TO US! Send us a great letter about AG or a relevant topic for the chance to be our featured letter and win an AG T-shirt. RECALLING AMY The article Feted flight (AG 143) had special interest for me. After her groundbreaking, solo England–Australia flight, famed aviatrix Amy Johnson arrived in Goulburn on a wintry 14 June 1930, where a crowd of up to 5000 greeted the heroic young ‘girl pilot’ at the Aero Club. But not everything went to plan. On doctor’s orders, Amy didn’t pilot her plane Jason but flew in another plane piloted by Major de Havilland that headed first…

5 min
your say

CULTURE CHECK Thanks for your article The last great expedition (AG 142) on the 1948 scientific expedition to Arnhem Land. The introduction to the boxed item “A colonial legacy” (page 99) claims this was “a time when Christian missions sought to wipe out the ‘heathen’ customs of Arnhem Land’s Aboriginal people” and needs correction. In the 1940s, apart from a Methodist Mission at Maningrida, the Church Missionary Society had only three or four missionaries in Arnhem Land working among 5000 Aboriginal people. Although the missionaries longed to share the Christian faith, most of their time was spent in healthcare and serving the people in practical ways. When spiritual and cultural matters were raised, Aboriginal culture proved quite capable of deciding what to accept or reject from the Christians. The myth that…

1 min

Sign up to the Australian Geographic email newsletter on our homepage and we’ll deliver fresh content to your inbox every week! In May, AUSTRALIAN GEOGRAPHIC online columnist Bec Crew profiled the bizarre Antarctic scale worm, an animal with a body that looks like it’s made from rows of human teeth. Here’s what you said: JANET RICKARD One of the creatures off the X-Files! MEM OR I haven’t gone any further than the photo on the link…shudder. RHIANNON THOMAS All of sudden snakes don’t seem so bad. STEPH CRISP I want it as a pet. Is that weird? KATRINA LAVICTOIRE I think it’s kind of pretty with its golden tail. CHRISTINA HARRIS Looks like a very broken Golden Snitch. KRISTEN DIRVEN Never expected Goldilocks to be real and a worm! CHRIS HARBROW Just another reason to stay out of the ocean!…

1 min
lines of sight

Photographer and helicopter mustering pilot Scott Bridle captured this unusual elevated perspective of the Darling Downs, west of Toowoomba, Queensland. The area is renowned as some of Australia’s best farming land, with rich, deep, fertile black soil. This photograph was taken early one morning when the air was crisp with low-floating clouds, which were a foil to the intriguing and precise ‘stripes’ produced by the farming methods used below. Scott became a chopper pilot at the age of 32 and moved to northern Queensland to begin mustering over country where he’d worked as a ringer, transferring his experience on the ground to the air. It was at this time that Scott began taking aerial photographs, producing rare perspectives of Australian landscapes.…