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Nganabbarru, Buffalo by David Hancock

$70.00 inc. GST

Regarded by many as Australia’s most dangerous terrestrial animal, the buffalo can be a monster when it takes over a fragile, watery environment.

Since the late 1800s the buffalo has been at the centre of an industry that attracted adventurous and daring individuals who shot off horseback for hides and later mustered in bull catchers.

Aboriginal people of the Top End were forced to deal with buffalo after Europeans brought them to the north and then abandoned early settlements. Today, there are thousands of wild buffalo on Aboriginal-owned country, mostly in Arnhem Land. This is the story of Nganabbarru, the swamp buffalo of the Top End..


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This book recognises the role buffalo played in bringing together Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and pays tribute to the many individuals and groups, past and present, who have been involved with the industry and animal.

Filled with compelling, action-packed images taken over 30 years, “Nganabbarru, Buffalo” is not only an historic account of one of Australia’s most interesting industries but also places the animal in a contemporary context with its impact on the environment and potential to create new industries in the meat and dairy markets.

About David Hancock

An award-winning photographer and writer, David Hancock is the author of seven books. He has lived in the Northern Territory of Australia for more than 30 years, travelling the width and breadth of northern and central Australia shooting images and writing for magazines and newspapers. In recent years David has expanded to the corporate sector and works in Indigenous communities, particularly in Arnhem Land.

He finds the Top End of Australia to be an amazing place in terms of geography, weather and Indigenous culture and enjoys going to all parts and mixing with people who live in the north. His previous book “Kuwarddewardde, the Stone Country” celebrates life and indigenous society on the Arnhem Land plateau.

Darwin, NT : Skyscan Australia, 2022
Hard cover. ? pages : colour illustrations,