The Royal Society of Tasmania
the Geological Society of Australia -Tasmanian Division
are pleased to present
Dr Tony Webster
a joint lecture at the Geology Lecture Theatre, School of Earth Sciences,
UTAS, Sandy Bay
21 May 2020 @ 6.00 pm
Geology, landscape and European settlement: small things meant a lot.
Abstract: Historical accounts of the first European responses to Australian landscapes rarely mention the ways that their decisions were influenced by the terrain. This talk is about the role that geology and landscape played in the places chosen for permanent European settlements in Australia, and in the earliest land-use choices made as they adapted to their new environments. The most historically significant sites of first European settlement are now occupied by the modern central business districts of Australia’s largest cities and are now intensely urbanised and modified landscapes. Using examples from Hobart, Sydney and Perth, it will be shown that despite the intensity of two centuries of urban development and landscape modification, the geology and pre-European landscapes of these places had a profound influence on their early development. It will also be shown that the effects of the original land-forms remain deeply embedded in the modern urban landscapes.