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A Mass of Thawing Clay: King of the Wilderness


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Cranston, CA 2001 , 'A Mass of Thawing Clay: King of the Wilderness' , Island, no. 87 , pp. 122-124 .

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Review of Christobel Mattingley's King of the Wilderness:the Life of Deny King. Biographical, looks at the multiple facets of this extraordinary man. A miner, naturalist, bush walker, sailor.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cranston, CA
Keywords: Australian literature; Biography; southwest wilderness, Tasmania; World Heritage area; Melaleuca; Charles Denison (Deny) King; Margaret Cadell; orange-bellied parrot; Sir Edmund Hillary; Jacques Cousteau; Nan Chauncy; Olegas Truchanas; Peter Dombrovskis; Max Angus; Patricia Giles; Lord Snowden; Chile; Chuquicamata open-cut copper mine; Nepal; Banksia Kingii; Kings Lomatia, oldest known plant clone; European black rat; foxglove.
Journal or Publication Title: Island
ISSN: 1035-3127
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First published by Island magazine. Reviews a biography of autodidact miner and naturalist, 'Deny' King MOA. The review situates the conflicts arising from mining, and conserving, the southwest wilderness area of Tasmania; a steward of the region (recording plant discoveries; protecting the endangered orange-bellied parrot) Deny was also an agent of change. Constructing an airstrip he unwittingly facilitated tourist visits, along with the accidental importation of environmental pests and weeds.

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