- May 2011
- Rural Australia
There may well have been vast areas of wilderness considering the size of the continent. The references to "Gentleman's Parks" are those reported and drawn such as this by the illustrator of Sturt's 19th century publication: "Two expeditions into the interior of southern Australia, during the years 1828, 1829, 1830, and 1831 : with observations on the soil, climate, and general resources of the Colony of New South Wales"Who, me ? Alright then, I will try to answer;
I dont know That depends what you mean by 'like a garden'. But I think I know what you mean by 'park like' as th descriptions and references to that term are in the material we have both read .
I assume not all of it was 'park like'. The park like appearance resulting from land 'management' was in those areas most suitable for it. In some cases it seemed to have 'crept across the landscape' . But would all of Australia been like a park, I doubt it.
I tjink there was aslo vast areas of 'wilderness' .
I must admit what I was thinking about was the estimated size of the grain belt compared to current times:How does archaeological evidence answer the question that Australia was a garden ? I dont know, I dont think there is archaeological evidence that all of Australia was a garden. There is such evidence to show parts where cultivated (tools, grinding stones, etc ), there is an historical record and there is a current record in old tree growth patterns and indicators ( but that isnt archeology)