School of Humanities

Changing landscapes, changing people

photo of agricultural landscape

Changing landscapes, changing people: Australia's southern mallee lands, 1830 – 2012

The Chief Investigators are Professor Katie Holmes (La Trobe University), Professor Andrea Gaynor (The University of Western Australia), Emeritus Professor Richard Broome (La Trobe University), Dr Charles Fahey (La Trobe University) and Ruth Ford (La Trobe University).

This project explores the complex relationships between people and environment in the mallee lands of southern Australia, from 1830 to the present. We are looking at the mallee lands across four different states: Victoria, NSW, South Australia and Western Australia. Stretching over an ecologically-defined area and across generations, this innovative project aims to study human relations to changing climates and lands. The project will produce a multidimensional history to inform and educate rural and city dwellers, policy makers and other researchers through diverse publications and a website about the human role in, and response to, environmental change. This history project is funded through the Australian Research Council Discovery scheme in conjunction with researchers from La Trobe University and the University of Western Australia. The Chief Investigators are Professor Katie Holmes (La Trobe University), Professor Andrea Gaynor (The University of Western Australia), Emeritus Professor Richard Broome (La Trobe University), Dr Charles Fahey (La Trobe University) and Ruth Ford (La Trobe University).

Image: Rainbow, Mallee, Cyril Stainer collection, courtesy State Library of Victoria