Gunanurang (the Ord River) nurtured some of the original Australians productively for millennia. In less than 150 years, their relationship with the river valley and surrounding land was almost destroyed by the effects of the east Kimberley cattle industry commenced in the 1880s. The biological and archaeological surveys before and during the filling of the Lake Argyle dam were a belated attempt to understand what was being lost in the way of ecosystems and aboriginal sites. This short essay encapsulates the impact of the pastoral industry in the Ord valley.
Conversations with Gunanurang.
Landscapes: the Journal of the International Centre for Landscape and Language, 7(1).
Retrieved from http://ro.ecu.edu.au/landscapes/vol7/iss1/1