Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought
CSIRO Publishing, $45 pb, 254 pp, 9781486301201
The Millennium Drought already looms large in Australia's recent past. It has joined the ranks of the Federation Drought and other acute, lengthy dry periods that have national resonance and are reflected on by historians, farmers, and politicians alike as defining moments in Australia's history. These droughts are etched into landscapes and people's minds, bodies, and history books. The Millennium Drought started in 2000 and went to 2010.
Right? Maybe. The start dates and end dates are tricky to pin down. I imagine that if you asked Deb Anderson when the Millennium Drought (or any drought) started, she might say that it would depend a little on where you were, a little on what you were doing, a little on your historical points of reference, and quite a bit on your lived experience.