Birth and Death

  • Geoffrey Blainey


Australia is said to have supported as many as 300,000 aboriginals before the first white settlers arrived. The aboriginals were widely dispersed then—more dispersed than is the Australian population today. Nearly every plain, tableland and valley was inhabited for at least part of the year. Every desert yielded food. Every district, even in drought, yielded raw material for making equipment. Amongst the areas which were closely settled were the banks and billabongs of the Murray Valley and favoured bays and rivermouths along the tropical coast.


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