Emily O'Gorman reviews 'Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought' by Deb Anderson

Emily O'Gorman reviews 'Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought' by Deb Anderson

Endurance: Australian Stories of Drought

by Deb Anderson

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.

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Published in April 2016, no. 380

Emily O'Gorman

Emily O'Gorman is an environmental historian with interdisciplinary research interests. Her research within the environmental humanities focuses on how people live with rivers, wetlands, and climates. Currently a Lecturer at Macquarie University, she holds a PhD from ANU and undertook a postdoctoral candidacy at the University of Wollongong. She is the author of Flood Country: An Environmental History of the Murray-Darling Basin (2012), co-editor of Climate, Science, and Colonization: Histories from Australia and New Zealand (2014), and co-editor of Eco-Cultural Networks and the British Empire: New Views on Environmental History (2015). Her website is www.emilyogorman.net

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