Bill Gammage wins the Victorian Prize for Literature

johnboy 17 October 2012

ANU is letting us know their Professor Bill Gammage from the College of Arts and Social Sciences has won the $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature.

Professor Gammage, from the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences, also took home the Premier’s Non-Fiction Prize – which includes $25,000 prize money – for his book The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia. The book also earned Professor Gammage the $80,000 Prime Minister’s Literary Prize for Australian History in July.

The Biggest Estate on Earth, which incorporates a decade of research, documents Indigenous Australians’ use of fire and water to manage the landscape, dismissing the widely held idea that pre-European Australia was an untamed wilderness.

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