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For over 200 years Australia's official history has focused on English colonisation and 'discovery', with tales of British explorers and first generation white Australians navigating the vast and unfriendly land. But what of the mi

Brodie, Nick

Alexander Macleay

Cherry, Derelie

All Fall Down

In Three C rooked Kings we read about the shocking true story of Queensland and how a society was shaped by almost half a century of corruption. In Jacks and Jokers the story continued with Terry Lewis taking the reins as police commissioner

Condon, Matthew

Ambitions of Jane Franklin
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Winner of the 2014 National Biography Award..'An engrossing biography of a fascinating and fearless modern woman.' - Professor Marilyn Lake, La Trobe University..In a period when most ladies sat at home with their embr

Alexander, Alison

Armenia, Australia & the Great War
29 illustrations 304

Australian civilians worked for decades supporting the survivors and orphans of the Armenian Genocide massacres. 24 April 1915 marks the beginning of two great epics of the First World War. It was the day the allied invasion

Stanley, Peter, Babkenian, Vicken

Atomic Thunder
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In September 2016 it will be 60 years since the first British mushroom cloud rose above the plain at Maralinga in South Australia. The atomic weapons test series wreaked havoc on Indigenous communities and turned the l

Tynan, Dr Elizabeth

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' us what Australian history has desperately needed for years.' Canberra Times..'Keneally evokes these distant lives with concrete detail and vivid sympathy...his people inhabit the same world we do-we meet t

Keneally, Thomas

Australians Volume 1 Origins to Eureka

In this volume of a unique history of Australia where people are always centre stage, bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story. Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and s

Keneally, Thomas

Australians Volume 2 Eureka to the Diggers
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In this companion volume of Thomas Keneally's widely acclaimed history of the Australian people, the vast range of characters who have formed our national story are brought vividly to life. Immigrants and Aboriginal re

Keneally, Thomas

Behind Glass Doors
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The hours were demanding but the pay was good. And the boozy lunches were even better. Australia's advertising agencies enjoyed their reputation as a glamorous and fun place to work. Not surprisingly, many of the natio

Crawford, Robert, Dickenson, Jackie

Between the Flags
Paperback 64 pages.

A travelling exhibition celebrating a national institution and colourful part of Australian life. Captures the events, personalities and the innovations that have made surf lifesaving in Australia the vibrant movement it is t


Black Founders
Paperback 222 pages.

Reveals that black convicts were among our first fleet settlers - a fact which complicates our understanding of race relations in early colonial Australia. This work includes the runaway "Black Caesar", who became our first

Pybus Cassandra

Broken Nation
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The Australian experience of war in all its complexity - from the homefront as well as the battlefront - as the men and women who experienced it chose to understand and remember it. 'If you read only one book about Aus

Beaumont, Joan

Building a City
, black & white illustrations 242

Canberra residents have little reason to know Charles Daley's name or be aware of the details of his life in Victoria as a teacher, botanist, writer and historian. But they might be more familiar with the name o

Horsfield, Jennifer

Cambridge History of Australia 2 Volume Set
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The Cambridge History of Australia offers a comprehensive view of Australian history from its pre-European origins to the present day. Over two volumes, this major work of reference tells the nation's social, political

Bashford, Alison, Macintyre, Stuart

Concise History of Australia Fourth Edition

Australia is the last continent to be settled by Europeans, but it also sustains a people and a culture tens of thousands years old. For much of the past 225 years the newcomers have sought to replace the old with the new. This book tells ho

Macintyre, Stuart

Convict's Daughter
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One wet autumn evening in 1848, fifteen-year-old Mary Ann Gill stole out of a bedroom window in her father's Sydney hotel and took a coach to a local racecourse. There she was to elope with James Butler Kinchela, waywa

Lindsey, Kiera

Cultured colonists

Bowman, Margaret

Dark Paradise

Aren't remote South Pacific islands supposed to be paradise? Perhaps, from a distance, Norfolk Island looks an idyllic, peaceful, beautiful place lush with tall pines. But look closer and that facade is shattered. For all of the 220 years we

Macklin, Robert

Death or Liberty

"Death or Liberty" reveals how the British Government of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries banished to the end of the earth - Australia - political enemies viewed by authorities with the same alarm as today's 'terrorists': Jacobins, de

Moore, Tony

Denny Day: The Life and Times of Australia's Greatest Lawman - the Forgotten Hero of the Myall Creek Massacre

Captain Edward Denny Day u the only law 'from the Big River to the sea' u was Australia's greatest lawman, yet few have heard of him. This is his story. Once there was a wilderness: Australia's frontier, a dangerous and unforgiving place whe

Smyth, Terry

Dig Tree

Wills knew that he was fading fastest. On 26 June, he decided the only honourable thing to do was to sacrifice himself to save his companions. 'Without some change,' he wrote, 'I see little chance for any of us.' In 1860, an eccentric Irish

Murgatroyd Sarah, Blainey Geoffrey

Dr Bogle & Mrs Chandler

The Bogle-Chandler mystery is recognised as one of the most baffling cold cases in the annals of crime. The victims, brilliant physicist Dr Gilbert Bogle and Mrs Margaret Chandler, the wife of his colleague, were found dead beside a pictures

Butt, Peter


Everybody knows a drongo - the Australian word for a no-hoper, a hapless soul who just can't do anything right - but most people don't know how the term entered the language. Author Bruce Walkley explains that it came from racehorse Drongo a

Walkley, Bruce

Endeavouring Banks
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When English naturalist Joseph Banks accompanied Captain Cook on his historic mission into the Pacific, he took with him a team of collectors and illustrators who returned with unprecedented collections of artefacts, s

Chambers, Neil

Error Australis

We're obsessed with reality television these days yet we so often neglect the greatest reality of all: the reality of our nation, and how it came to be. In Error Australis, TV columnist, comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie recaps the histor

Pobjie, Ben

Fatal Shore
16pp b&w illustrations 748

In 1787, the twenty-eighth year of the reign of King George III, the British Government sent a fleet to colonize Australia...An epic description of the brutal transportation of men, women and children out of Georgian B

Hughes, Robert

Fifteen Young Men

Fifteen Young Men is the true story of a doomed adventure. It was a maritime tragedy that unfolded one sad, dark hour at a time. A cold, cruelly blustery night revealing u with agonising slowness u that fifteen young men of the Mornington Fo

Kennedy, Paul

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Indigenous lawyer and writer Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was shipwrecked on their island off the Queensland coast in 1836. In th

Behrendt, Larissa

Finding Sanity
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In 1948, there was no medication for bipolar illness. Sufferers from the illness would live their lives - if they survived - in and out of asylums accumulating life's wreckage around them. But late in 1948 that changed, when a

De Moore, Greg, Westmore, Ann

First Celebrity
30 photographs, 2 maps, 2 charts and 1 line illustration 192

Starck, Nigel

First Dismissal Penguin Special

While violent revolution and social upheaval rocked Europe, far away in New South Wales, Governor Lachlan Macquarie was sowing the seeds for the Australian idea of the 'fair go'. Macquarie was a reformer and an emancipator. He believed that

Slattery, Luke

First Fleet

A biography of unprecedented expedition under sail The role of the sailor through history should never be underestimated. Over centuries battles were won and new lands discovered and settled by their skills and nerve. Rob Mundle is back on

Mundle, Rob

First Fleet

The First Fleet - the creation of a nation. Rob Mundle, bestselling maritime biographer of Bligh, Flinders and Cook, is back on the ocean to tell one of the great stories of expedition under sail: the extraordinary eight-month, 17,000-nautic

Mundle, Rob

FitzRoy - Beyond the Rumours
colour plates, maps, illustrations 248

Was Governor FitzRoy the man popular history would have us believe? Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy's tenure as Governor of New South Wales and Governor-General of Australia between 1846 and 1855 was plagued b

Fergusson, Lyn M.

Framework of Flesh

McQueen, Humphrey

Gay Sydney
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Garry Wotherspoon's Gay Sydney: A history is an updated version of his 1991 classic, City of the Plain: History of a Gay Sub-culture, written in the midst of the AIDS crisis. In this vivid book Wotherspoon traces the s

Wotherspoon, Garry

Great South Land

How Dutch sailors found Australia and an English Pirate almost beat Captain Cook. On 15 January 1688 - almost 100 years to the day before Captain Arthur Phillip arrived in Botany Bay as commander of the First Fleet - another English ship, th

Mundle, Rob

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The marines on the First Fleet refused to sail without it. Convicts risked their necks to get hold of it. Rum built a hospital and sparked a revolution, made fortunes and ruined lives. In a society with few luxuries, liquor

Gilling, Tom

Hamilton Hume

While English-born soldiers, sailors and surveyors have claimed pride of place among the explorers of the young New South Wales colony, the real pathfinder was a genuine native-born Australian. Hamilton Hume, a man with a profound understand

Macklin, Robert

Handful of Sand
32 pages of illus 400

Fifty years ago, a group of striking Aboriginal stockmen in the remote Northern Territory of Australia heralded a revolution in the cattle industry and a massive shift in Aboriginal affairs. Now, after many years of researc

Ward, Charlie

High Seas and High Teas
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'The rats I frighten away by throwing books or anything hard at the spot at which they commence their gnawing.' Emigrant Janet Ronald wrote this in the journal she kept on board one of the ships transporting free settl

Russell, Roslyn, O'Brien, Kerry

History of Australia in 100 Objects

"From Captain Cook's globe to Mabo's map, and Melba's frock to Cathy Freeman's running suit, this is Australia's history told through a gallery of things. Former Rolling Stone editor Toby Creswell has curated an illustrated popular history

Creswell, Toby

Jandamarra and the Bunuba Resistance
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A tiny outpost of colonial administration is planted on the desolate mudflats of King Sound, at Derby. Leases are marked on a map covering huge areas, and the push into the north begins. Vast herds of cattle and sheep

Woorunmurra, Banjo, Pedersen, Howard

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Kin is the story of European settlement in Australia, told through the stories of the real people who made Australia's history what it is. When author and historian Nick Brodie traced his own family tree, he began to

Brodie, Nick

Lasseter's Gold

When Harold Bell Lasseter disappeared it could have been the end of a mystery that began the day he staggered out of the desert at the turn of the 20th century, almost dead, his pockets bulging with gold, claiming to have found a 15 kilometr

Brown, Warren

Last Woman Hanged

One woman. Two husbands. Four trials. One bloody execution. The last woman hanged in NSW. Winner of the 2015 Davitt Award for Best Crime Book (Non-fiction). In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the fi

Overington, Caroline

Life and Adventures 1776-1801 : Text Classics

At length, almost to our sorrow, we made the land upon the 3rd of June 1790, just one year all but one day from our leaving the river. We landed all our convicts safe. First published in 1822, this is the extraordinary story of John Nicol, a

Nicol John And Flannery Tim

Living with the Locals
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Living with the Locals comprises the stories of 13 white men, boys and women who were taken in by the Indigenous people of the Torres Strait islands and of eastern Australia and who lived in their communities between t

Haskins, Victoria, Maynard, John


MACQUARIE charts the eventful rule of Lachlan Macquarie, governor of New South Wales from 1810 to late 1821. These were crucial years during which the fate of the colony was in the balance after years of struggle, famine and strife culminati

Butler and Dillon

Making of Australia

This is the story of how a struggling convict settlement grew into six dynamic colonies and then the remarkable nation of Australia. Told through the key figures who helped build it into the thriving nation it is today, David Hill once again

Hill, David

Migrant Ships to Australia and New Zealand 1900 to 1939
Paperback , 285 x 210mm. 192

Following the success of Australian Migrant Ships 1946-1971 Peter Plowman examines those ships and shipping companies used to transport migrants to Australia and New Zealand from 1900 to 1939. During the period cover

Fitzgerald, Julian

Moments in Time
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At the height of the postcard boom, when there were several deliveries of the post every day, you could send a postcard in the morning to arrange a meeting for that afternoon. Postcards were indeed the emails of their

Davidson, Jim

Murder at Myall Creek

One of the most shocking murder trials in Australia's legal history, and the tribulations of the man who conducted it. In 1838, eleven convicts and former convicts were put on trial for the brutal murder of 28 Aboriginal men, women and child

Tedeschi, Mark

Passion for exploring new countries

Bastian, Josephine

Paved with good intentions

Over a century before Mabo and generations before 'Terra Nullius, Aboriginal land rights were briefly acknowledged by the early colonists of South Australia and Victoria. The way to Hell is paved with good intentions. Lust for land snuffed o

Robert, Hannah

Pitched Battle
8pp b&w picture section 336

"In 1971, when the racially selected all-white Springbok rugby team toured Australia, we became a nation at war with ourselves. There was bloodshed as tens of thousands of anti-Apartheid campaigners clashed with gover

Writer, Larry

Places Women Make
21 greyscale photographs 224

Places Women Make tells stories of women shaping the Australian city - its buildings, spaces, and social and political agendas. Jane Jose takes a fresh look at city life, great places and the unsung urban heroines w

Jose, Jane

Protest Years
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By 1963, Robert Menzies had been prime minister for thirteen years, Australia had its first troops in Vietnam, and change was in the air. There would soon be street protests over women's rights, Aboriginal land rights

Blaxland, John

Radical Brisbane
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Radical Brisbane extends the 'Radical City' series into the Red North. Two experienced activists, academics and writers turn South East Queensland history on its head. With a revealing foreword by Humphrey McQueen and featuring 336

Evans, Raymond, Ferrier, Carole

Sex Lives of Australians

Cross-dressing convicts, effeminate bushrangers and women-shortage woes - here is the first ever history of sex in Australia, from Botany Bay to the present-day. In this highly readable social history, Frank Bongiorno uses vivid examples to

Bongiorno, Frank

Short History of Australia New Ed
Paperback 392 pages.

Clark Manning

Silent Pearls

Lamb, John

Spy Catchers
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With unprecedented access to their hitherto sealed records, this is the first volume of a remarkable official history of ASIO - a revealing and authoritative account of the early years of Australia's national security

Horner, David

Story of Australia's People Vol 1

The vast, ancient land of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin. The first stream of immigrants came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one. The second b

Blainey, Geoffrey

Story of Australia's People Vol 2

"In Volume II of The Story of Australia's People, Geoffrey Blainey continues his account of the history of this country from the early Gold Rush to the present day, completing the story of our nation and its people. When Europeans crossed t

Blainey, Geoffrey

Terra Australis

The vast interior of this new continent was wrapped in total obscurity; and excited, perhaps on that very account, full as much curiosity as did the forms of the shores. In this edited selection of his journals, Matthew Flinders, Australia's

Flinders Matthew, Flannery Tim

Three Crooked Kings
black & white illustrations 352

The explosive investigative book of 2012

Terence Murray Lewis lifted himself out of poverty and emotional neglect to reach the pinnacle of power as the knighted Commissioner of Police in Queenslan

Condon, Matthew

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

"First there was Girt. Now comes ...True Girt In this side-splitting sequel to his best-selling history, David Hunt takes us to the Australian frontier. This was the Wild South, home to hardy pioneers, gun-slinging bushrangers, directionally

Hunt, David

Up Came a Squatter
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Niel Black, a Scot from Argyllshire, arrived in Melbourne in September intending to make his fortune. Ambitious and determined, Black became one of the most successful and energetic squatters in the Western District of

Black, Maggie

Vagabond Papers
50 b/w images - including photos, cartoons & sketches 282

Australian life has never had a chronicler quite like the Vagabond. Renowned as journalist and 'eminently unconventional character', he suffered extremes of poverty and prosperity. These

James, John Stanley, Cannon, Michael, Flippen, Robert G., McDonald, Willa

Voyage to New Holland and Round the World
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No mariner knew the wide Pacific better than James Colnett, RN. He had sailed with Cook; he had filibustered in the north-west Pacific fur trade (nearly starting a war with Spain in the process); he had made a whaling

Colnett RN, James, Mawer, Allen

Wallpapered Manse

An historic Presbyterian manse in the small coastal town of Moruya on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia, is researched and restored by leading conservation architect, Peter Freeman. Beautifully produced, The Wallpapered Manse chro

Freeman, Peter

War of the Worlds: Short Black 3

'How many Australians born in the 137 years since Truganini's death learnt her legend and scarcely thought deeper about the enormity of the loss she represented, and the history that led to it? Her spirit casts a long shadow over Australian h

Pearson, Noel

What Do We Want?

In What Do We Want! Clive Hamilton explores the colourful, enthralling and stirring forms of protest used in the big social movements that define modern Australia. He includes dedicated chapters on the peace movement, women's liberation, Ind

Hamilton, Clive, Greer, Dr. Germaine

Wild Colonial Boys

Granville Allen Mawer

Zone of the Marvellous
illustrations, maps 242

In the tradition of Dava Sobel and Longitude, award-winning writer Martin Edmond uses his extraordinary intellectual breadth and imaginative reach to elegantly and lucidly execute his most ambitious project to date - the

Edmond, Martin