Medicines and Drugs, Liquids and Cosmetics

  • Geoffrey Blainey


The average Australian, adult and child, knew more about botany one thousand years ago than they know today. Knowledge of botany supplied them not only with much of their food but also with drugs and cosmetics and—in a drought—with water.


Mineral Specimen Great Australian Bight Native Tobacco Clear Fresh Water Stun Fish 


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