The Business of Nature: John Gould and Australia

This new National Library of Australia publication sketches the life of John Gould, whose classic books, Birds of Australia and the Mammals of Australia, have delighted generations.

It tells the story of how Gould and his wife Elizabeth left their home in London in 1883 for the far-flung colony of Van Diemen’s Land – and its remarkable fauna.

Gould’s artists, including his wife, would depict these creatures in exquisite lithographs while Gould provided the commentary – and established a thriving business.

 The Business of Nature: John Gould and Australia features more than 130 colour plates of some of Australia’s favourite birds and mammals from Gould’s works held by the National Library of Australia.

Roslyn Russell is a historian, writer and editor. She is the author of several publications, including Literary Links: Celebrating the Literary Relationship between Australia and Britain and One Destiny! The Federation Story: How Australia Became a Nation (with Philip Chubb). Roslyn has also edited a selection of Manning Clark’s correspondence and edits publications for the museum sector.

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