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Who Is Bill Mollison?

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Known as “The Father of Permaculture” Born: May 4, 1928 – Died: September 24 2016

Bill Mollison was an Australian researcher, author, scientist, teacher and biologist. He founded The Permaculture Institute in Tasmania, and created the education system to train others under the umbrella of permaculture.

His key works on permaculture formed the basis for the design science.

Permaculture One: A Perennial Agriculture for Human Settlements, with David Holmgren. (Melbourne, Australia: Transworld Publishers, 1978)


Permaculture Two: Practical Design for Town and Country in Permanent Agriculture (Tasmania, Australia: Tagari Publications, 1979)


Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual (1988) ISBN 978-0-908228-01-0: has been used extensively as the textbook and curriculum for the 72-hour Certificate course in Permaculture Design.[18]


Introduction to Permaculture, with Reny Mia Slay. (Tasmania, Australia: Tagari Publications, 1991; revised 1997; 2nd ed. 2011)

The Impact Bill Mollison Made On Many Lives

When Bill Mollison passed away many Permaculturists expressed their gratitude and talked about the impact Bill Mollison and Permaculture had on their lives. Here are a few links to posts on the topic.

Rest in peace Bill Mollison and big thanks by Looby Macnamara

Remembering Bill Mollison, the Man I Never Knew by Jonathon Engels

Bill Mollison: A Recognition of his Life by Graham Bell

David Holmgren farewells Bill Mollison, the father of permaculture

Harold Thornbro

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