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Satellite photograph of Kakadu National Park

2007.0009.0005

Satellite photograph of Kakadu National Park

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Physical description

A large satellite photograph showing the Kakadu National Park region printed on photographic paper. The geography of the region is printed predominantly in shades of orange and red on a black background. The photograph depicts two larger regions at the bottom and two smaller regions in the top section. Text stating "CSIRO Wildlife & Ecology Global Change Group Aug 1990" and "CSIRO Wildlife & Ecology Global Change Group Sept 1989" is printed near the centre of the photograph. "Kakadu National Park Stage 3 MSS # 4, # 5, #7 (with embedded Habitat - Vegetation Aug. 1972" and "Kadadu National Park Stage 3 MSS #4, #5, #7 (with embedded Habitat - Vegetation Sept 1989" is printed below. At the bottom of the photograph is text stating "CSIRO Wildlife & Ecology Global Change Group Aug. 1990".

Statement of significance

The Greg Spiers - Fire control in Kakadu National Park collection is comprised of six items relating to fire control in Australian national parks. The collection includes an incendiary syringe, two incendiary capsules, one box of Redheads wind and waterproof matches, a large satellite image of Kakadu and 2 maps, hand drawn and computer generated, plotting fire control work in Kakadu.

Greg Spiers was an officer with Parks Australia North, who was stationed at Kakadu. His collection of fire control artefacts, including incendiary devices and fire maps is significant because it provides a material lead into debates surrounding the contentious issue of fire management policy and its practice in national parks. The Kakadu provenance of the Spiers collection is especially siginificant, because this national park is one of the first in Australia, along with Uluru, to be jointly run by traditional Aboriginal owners and Parks Australia. As such, it has a land management system that is directly influenced by traditional Aboriginal fire regimes. This represents a trend towards fusion of traditional ecological knowledge and western science in late 20th century land management regims, with Kakadu serving as a mcuh lauded national and international model.

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