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Henry Ayers
Author: Jason Shute

ISBN: 9781848855632
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 288
Published: 15 November 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6 x 3.3
"The most wonderful natural feature I have ever seen.'

With these words William Gosse expressed the awe he and many others have felt at the natural phenomenon of Uluru. The first white person to reach the central Australian monolith, he gave it the name Ayers Rock. But who was Henry Ayers, the man whose name is forever associated with Australia's most recognisable natural icon? What did he do to deserve this accolade? And why should historians of Australia and the Empire remember him today?

Although the Rock's ancient indigenous name, Uluru, has now been restored, the name of Ayers is still recognisable well over a century after the Rock's `discovery' in 1873. Indeed, the rock that bore his name is one of the most famous natural wonders on earth and attracts over 400,000 visitors every year. This book - the first biography of Henry Ayers - focuses attention on the man behind the name and examines all aspects of his life.

Henry Ayers played an integral and leading role in the development of the then British Province of South Australia. Despite landing amidst the colony's first depression, Ayers went on to win the Secretary...

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