Geology, Landscape and European Settlement: Small Things Meant A Lot

Historical accounts of the first European responses to Australian landscapes rarely mention the ways that their decisions were influenced by the terrain. Dr Webster, a Hobart-based consulting geologist, will talk about the role that geology and landscape played in the places chosen for permanent European settlements in Australia, and in the earliest land-use choices made as they adapted to their new environments. Using examples from Hobart, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, Dr Webster will show that despite the intensity of two centuries of urban development and landscape modification, the geology and pre-European landscapes of these places had a profound influence on their early development and remain deeply embedded in the modern urban landscapes.

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