But perhaps more intriguingly, the histories of lesser-known remedies such as those extracted from native orchids, banksias and grass trees
are also brought alive in this text.
What the Aussies and the Kiwis once saw as little more than weeds - those marvellous tree ferns (Dicksonia antartica and Cyathea australis), the grass trees
, the New Zealand flax (phormiums) and bottle brushes (callistemons) - and dumped on the tip with the rest of the week's garden refuse, we are importing in increasing quantities.
Preserving the endangered Macquarie Perch, protecting indigenous Grass Trees
and ensuring construction had as little an impact on the environment as possible has always been a foundation of the construction programme.
Mort and Viv took us through the bush talking freely about their foods, their plants, trees, ways of living and surviving in the bush, the multiple ways of using grass trees
, Xanthorrhoea species, as a food (the nutritious section of the inner plant), a medicine, a house (curl up under the lower fronds where the ground is always dry), a bed (make a base with the older fronds and use the newer ones as a waterproof layer on top), a fuel (burn the trunk on the fire) and for implements and furniture (from the main trunk).