Summary

Titled 'Droughts & Flooding Plains', this poster features photographs depicting the extremes of drought and flooding in Australia. Included are images of the dry salt-pans and receding shores of Lake Eyre, SA, the Todd River in flood near Alice Springs, NT, the Northern Territory's wet season, and cattle mustering in drought-stricken land, WA. The poster is one of a series promoting heritage sites registered under Australia's National Estate. The titles of each poster in the series reference the iconic Australian poem 'My Country' written by Dorothea McKellar and published in 1908. They include: 'A Sunburnt Country', 'A Land of Sweeping Plains', 'Ragged Mountain Ranges', 'Droughts & Flooding Rains', 'Far Horizons', 'Jewel Sea', 'Beauty and Terror' and 'Wide Brown Land'.

Established under the Australian Heritage Commission Act 1975, the Register of the National Estate is a list of natural, Indigenous and historic heritage places throughout Australia. Under that Act, the Australian Heritage Commission entered more than 13,000 places in the register. In 2004, responsibility for maintaining the Register shifted to the Australian Heritage Council and a new heritage system was subsequently established: the National Heritage List, which was designed to recognise and protect places of outstanding heritage to the nation, and the Commonwealth Heritage List, which includes Commonwealth owned or leased places of significant heritage value.

Physical Description

Colour ink on paper. Title: 'Droughts & Flooding Rains'. Central photograph of a dried lake bed, with six smaller captioned photographs to the right. Printed text below.

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Droughts & Flooding Rains

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