Lost Waters

Erica Nathan
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Lost Waters
Lost Waters

Published

15 April 2007

ISBN

9780522853513

Pages

272

Weight

344g

Size

208mm x 138mm

Imprint

MUP Academic

Lost Waters

Erica Nathan
Lost Waters charts the history since white settlement of one waterscape, where the Lal Lal Creek enters the West Moorabool branch of the Moorabool River near Ballarat in the central highlands of western Victoria.
It is a water supply catchment area, where water has been gathered and channeled, waterways reconfigured and connections weakened. In bringing a historical rather than scientific perspective to the issue, Erica Nathan considers what is often lost in the contemporary politics of water re-allocation: what water means to people. She uncovers the knowledge, memory and experience of petitions, picnics, photos and paintings, special trees and boulders, gold diggings, water hole disputes, allocation debates, saw milling, frontage tensions, swimming and fishing that connect people to place.
Lost Waters is a history of one waterscape, but with implications that extend far beyond the one locality. It shows how an understanding of the issues of water and water management…
Lost Waters charts the history since white settlement of one waterscape, where the Lal Lal Creek enters the West Moorabool branch of the Moorabool River near Ballarat in the central highlands of western Victoria.
It is a water supply catchment area, where water has been gathered and channeled, waterways reconfigured and connections weakened. In bringing a historical rather than scientific perspective to the issue, Erica Nathan considers what is often lost in the contemporary politics of water re-allocation: what water means to people. She uncovers the knowledge, memory and experience of petitions, picnics, photos and paintings, special trees and boulders, gold diggings, water hole disputes, allocation debates, saw milling, frontage tensions, swimming and fishing that connect people to place.
Lost Waters is a history of one waterscape, but with implications that extend far beyond the one locality. It shows how an understanding of the issues of water and water management must be based on the experience of people as well as debates over resource allocation.

About the author

Erica Nathan has a PhD from the University of Melbourne and a Masters of Applied Science from the University of Ballarat. She has a long-standing interest in horticultural and environmental issues and is an ongoing committee member of the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA). She has worked as a teacher in secondary schools and TAFE colleges, a research consultant on environmental matters and a land management planner. Her publications include 'Giving Salt some History and History some Salt', Australian Historical Studies (Oct. 2000) and 'Salinity on the Southeastern Dundas Tableland, Victoria', Australian Journal of Earth Science (2000).

About Erica Nathan

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