Major Thomas Mitchell, “Mammaloid Hills from Mt Greenock”
Sir (Major) Thomas Livingston Mitchell
Mammaloid Hills from Mount Greenock, in Three expeditions into the interior of eastern Australia, Vol. 2, Adelaide, Library Board of South Australia, 1965, (first published London 1839).
The patchwork of woodlands and grasslands in this sketch by Major Mitchell reveals an environment already shaped by Aboriginal people.
Areas of good soil were regularly and carefully burned to create grasslands or open woodlands, to encourage the breeding of kangaroos and emus and the growth of murnong (yam daisy) and other edible plants.