John Mulvaney Book Award 2006
Shared Landscapes: Archaeologies of Attachment and the Pastoral Industry in New South Wales
Rodney’s book investigates the history, archaeology and issues of cultural heritage management of pastoralism on two substantial regional case studies, East Kunderang Pastoral Station, now within the Oxley Wild Rivers National Park near Kempsey, and Dennawan Aboriginal reserve, within the Culgoa National Park, near Goodooga both in NSW. His book entwines the studies of archaeology and heritage conservation through the lens of shared Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal pastoral activities.
This well-presented book derives from a well organised collaborative research project which provides an understanding of both archaeological and historical aspects of these landscapes. Additionally, the book also contributes to debates about the current state of heritage interpretation and heritage in New South Wales.
Shared Landscapes also contributes to studies of culture contact, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous archaeologies. The notion of shared landscapes is used to explore the relationship Indigenous people had with the pastoral industry—an issue of relevance even today.
Shared Landscapes represents a recent and important area of research. It will be valuable for professionals in the heritage sector, academic researchers, indigenous people, students, and the public.
A review of this book by Lynette Russell can be viewed by clicking here.