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“Clearly developed from deep research and long familiarity with these places as well as close conversations with many people along these waterways, this lucid, moving, and beautifully written book is a great achievement.”– Heather Goodall, University of Technology Sydney

“Superb. An important contribution to the water and wetland history of Australia and of interest to scholars focusing on water in arid lands elsewhere in the world.” – Robert Wilson, author of Seeking Refuge: Birds and Landscapes of the Pacific Flyway

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“Her scholarly analysis of ‘what is’ and ‘what was’ provides an insightful account of the issues in play” – Dr. Arthur Lucas, Australian Studies

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“This volume shows how local forces and imperial networks joined to alter ecologies, economies, cultures, and societies from the 1840s to the 1940s everywhere from Canada to New Zealand to Ceylon to South Africa… a most welcome addition to the field now taking shape at the junction of environmental and imperial history.” –  John R. McNeill, Professor of History, Georgetown University, USA

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“This compelling volume is the first to demonstrate an exceptional richness of climate and settlement narratives in Australia and New Zealand during the long nineteenth century. It bring to life contested practices of colonial settlement in un-British climates, providing a remarkable new optics to observe the amalgamation of cultural and atmospheric realities and their continuing socio-economic legacies.” – Vladimir Jankovic, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester, UK

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