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A Million Wild Acres

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Originally published  1981
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Author  Eric C Rolls
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A Million Wild Acres: 200 years of man and an Australian forest is a non-fiction book written by Eric Charles Rolls (1923–2007). It was first published in Melbourne by Nelson in 1981. A Million Wild Acres is not just a regional history of what is now known as the Pilliga Scrub, but also a history of European settlement in Australia.

The book won The Age Book of the Year (1981), C.J. Dennis Prize and Talking Book of the Year.

This will be seen as one of the great books about Australia. Eric Rolls gives the history of the forest the laconic power of an extended campfire yarn, spiced with the personal vision that comes from a lifetime of acute observation


  1. Explorers and Livestock: Setting up the Board
  2. The First Moves: A Difficult Game
  3. The Squatters: The Rules are Ignored
  4. Licences to Depasture Beyond the Limits: A New Game to New Rules
  5. Runholders and Selectors: The Rules are Modified
  6. The Forest Takes Over: The Game Ends
  7. The Breelong Blacks: A Sinister Comedy
  8. Timber and Scrub
  9. Timbergetters and Scrub Dwellers: A Different Game
  10. Mud Springs and Soda Plains
  11. Animal Life: Insects, Reptiles and Others
  12. Animal Life: The Mammals
  13. The Animals: The Birds
  14. Wood Chips and International Airports: A Businessmen's Game


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