The Commonwealth and its citizens have always had complicated relationship with the environment.
Australia’s vastness, and the sheer variety in its landscape, has affected the way it is governed and shaped its history. It is a land of extremes, with drought and flooding rains. Beaches and the outback frame the Australian identity.
The future will undeniably hold a range of unique environmental challenges, for not just Australia but the world.
To help us understand the challenges ahead of us we can also look to the past. We put our collection under the microscope to explore the Australian relationship with the environment.