Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia's Curious Animals

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9780642277060: Upside Down World: Early European Impressions of Australia's Curious Animals
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Penny Olsen will discuss her new book about early European impressions of Australia's curious mammals on Thursday 4 November, 4.00 pm, National Library of Australia - Conference Room. This free event includes book signing and refreshments Late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Eurocentric perceptions of natural history led to the flora and fauna of the new colony of New South Wales being viewed as deficient and inferior. The swans of the colony were black and eagles white, birds built shell-strewn avenues of sticks to cavort in and parrots walked on the ground. The mammals carried their young in a pouch and there were furred animals that laid eggs. This 'miscellany of the curious' fuelled the rage for Australian natural history amongst the upper classes of Europe, bringing income and, occasionally, fame to its collectors and documenters. On the ground, in the colony, it contributed to great change for the animals and, in some cases, extinction. In Upside Down World author Penny Olsen documents how our scientific knowledge evolved, using collectors' and naturalists' journals to enhance her stories.

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Olsen, Penny.
Editorial: Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2010. (2010)
ISBN 10: 0642277060 ISBN 13: 9780642277060
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Andrew Isles Natural History Books
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Descripción Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2010., 2010. Quarto, paperback,258 pp.,colour illustrations. Late eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century Eurocentric perceptions of natural history led to the flora and fauna of the new colony of New South Wales being viewed as deficient and inferior. The swans of the colony were black and eagles white, birds built shell-strewn avenues of sticks to cavort in and parrots walked on the ground. The mammals carried their young in a pouch and there were furred animals that laid eggs. This miscellany of the curious fuelled the rage for Australian natural history amongst the upper classes of Europe, bringing income and, occasionally, fame to its collectors and documenters. On the ground, in the colony, it contributed to great change for the animals and, in some cases, extinction. In this book author Penny Olsen documents how our scientific knowledge evolved, using collectors and naturalists journals to enhance her stories. Nº de ref. de la librería 32202

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