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Victoria’s Native Vegetation: History, Heritage, Politics
10 November at 5:00 PM - 6:30 PMFree
In recognition of 2020 as the UN International Year of Plant Health, this webinar will illuminate the challenging and contested past, present and future of Victoria’s native vegetation.
Professional historian Dr Gary Presland, author of many books about Victoria’s natural and human heritage (including Understanding our natural world: the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria 1880-2015) will speak about the importance of native vegetation in understanding past human activity.
Professor Mike Clarke from the Centre for Future Landscapes at La Trobe University will consider the place of fire in the history of Victoria’s vegetation: ‘The Bush will be OK, it’s evolved to cope with fire…hasn’t it?’.
Dr Lilian Pearce, an environmental historian and research fellow on the ARC-funded project Owning nature: mapping the contested country of private protected areas, will consider the changing role of history in ecological restoration theory and practice.
The discussion will be chaired by Professor Alistair Thomson of Monash University.
This webinar is part of an ongoing seminar series, Making Public Histories, that is offered jointly by the Monash University History Program, the History Council of Victoria and the Old Treasury Building. Each seminar aims to explore issues and approaches in making public histories. The seminars are open, free of charge, to anyone interested in the creation and impact of history in contemporary society. Click HERE to learn about other events in the series.