The Gold Coast before Cook named Mount Warning
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Extract: We could and should ask, where does the Gold Coast sit on a scale from 'good' to 'bad' in environmental terms? Sustainable or unsustainable? Is it progressing or regressing? It is far too early in the book to attempt to answer this. Maybe at the end of the book you will feel confident to make your own assessment. What we do in this chapter is to make obvious a small number of seemingly irreversible changes that have occurred since the first escaped convicts walked the Gold Coast beaches. We know that indigenous Australians have lived on the Gold Coast for a very long time, possibly over 20 000 years. We take as given that James Cook was the first European to sail close to its beaches. He named various obvious landmarks. It was some years later that European explorers, such as John Oxley, and escaped convicts put their feet on the Gold Coast beaches.
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