Science in Society Series Series


Australian Stories of Drought

December 2014
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  • Publisher
    CSIRO Publishing
  • Published
    19th December 2014
  • ISBN 9781486301201
  • Language English
  • Pages 248 pp.
  • Size 6.625" x 9.625"
  • Images illus, color photos

Endurance presents stories of ordinary Australians grappling with extraordinary circumstances, providing insight into their lives, their experiences with drought and their perceptions of climate change.

The book opens with the physical impacts, science, politics and economics of drought and climate change in rural Australia. It then highlights the cultural and historical dimensions – taking us to the Mallee wheat-belt, where researcher Deb Anderson interviewed farm families from 2004 to 2007, as climate change awareness grew. Each story is grouped into one of three themes: Survival, Uncertainty and Adaptation.

Illustrated with beautiful color photographs from Museum Victoria, Endurance will appeal to anyone with an interest in life stories, rural Australia and the environment.

"Endurance is rich with voices and ideas — with earthed experience — and helps us think meaningfully about climate, culture and identity in Australia today. It's an impressive achievement."

Tom Griffiths FAHA, W K Hancock Professor of History and Director at the Centre for Environmental History - , Australian National University

Preface and acknowledgements


1) Drought as a Cultural Concept
2) Redefining Drought
3) Making Histories in the Mallee
4) Survival, Making Sense of Crisis and ‘Making Do’
5) Reconciling Uncertainty, Cycles and Change
6) Adaptation in Response to a Risky Climate


Works Cited


Deb Anderson

Deb Anderson is a journalist and oral historian. She has published widely with Fairfax Media, principally for The Age, and recently joined Monash University as a lecturer. Deb’s fascination with nature and storytelling stems from her upbringing on a farm in one of the wettest parts of Australia, in tropical north Queensland.