Shortlisted for Book Data/ABA Book of the Year Award 1999.
Birmingham drills beneath the cover story of a successful multicultural metropolis and melts the boundaries between past and present to reveal a ghost city beneath the surface of concrete and glass. Combining intensive research with the pace of a techno thriller, this is a history for the Tarantino generation.
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Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia. In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie, the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Mark Twain wrote of Australian history: 'It does not r... read more
Captain James Cook is one of the greatest maritime explorers of all time - only the acclaimed fifteenth-century explorers, Christopher Columbus and Vasco da Gama, can stand with him. Bestselling author of Fatal Storm, Bligh and Flinders, Rob Mundle explores the life and travels of James Cook in a major new biography for lover... read more
Updated edition, this is a fantastic visual throwback to the 'Harbour City" in the 1950s and 60s, with never before seen images gathered by vintage photograph collector Ian Collis. Breathtaking photos of Sydney's most valuable landmarks provide a retrospective insight into the architecture, automobiles, fashions and popular ... read more
Mining divides the country - development against conservation, north-and-west against south-and-east, pro-tax against anti-tax. It's an important industry, but why do passions run so high? What does mining really mean to us? And how much do we understand about our underground history? Although we favour the romantic vision of... read more
To understand the present, you need to understand the past. To understand Australia's history, you need to look at how the land has shaped not just our past, but will continue to shape our future. From highly respected, award-winning author Jackie French comes a new and fascinating interpretation of Australian history, focu... read more
'We have been told of the impossible task before us, of probable annihilation; yet we are eager to get to it; we joke with each other about getting cold feet, but deep down in our hearts we know when we get to it we will not be found wanting ...for the last time in this world many of us stand shoulder to shoulder.' Signaller ... read more
Love him or loathe him, Ned Kelly has been at the heart of Australian culture and identity since he and his gang were tracked down in bushland by the Victorian police and came out fighting, dressed in bulletproof iron armour made from farmers' ploughs. Historians still disagree over virtually every aspect of the eldest Kelly ... read more
|Author:||Alan J. Whiticker|
Australian life has seen many changes in the last century. We have gone from scattered colonies to federated nation, from bush pioneers to suburbanites, and along the way there have been fascinating shifts in how we dress, eat, travel, entertain ourselves and bring up our families. The Way We Were covers key moments in our po... read more
Iain McCalman's brilliant history of the Great Barrier Reef, told in twelve extraordinary tales, charts its shifting status from labyrinth of terror to global treasure. Equal parts gifted storyteller and acclaimed historian, McCalman brings to life the people who've shaped our knowledge and perception of this World Heritage-l... read more
From Eden to Byron Bay the New South Wales coast is more than 2000 kilometres long, with 130 estuaries, 100 coastal lakes and a rich history. This, the first history written of the New South Wales coast, traces our relationship with this stretch of land and sea starting millennia ago when Aboriginal people feasted on shellfis... read more
Aren't remote South Pacific islands supposed to be paradise? Perhaps, from a distance, Norfolk Island looks a peaceful place lush with tall pines. But look closer and that idyllic facade is shattered. For all of the 220 years we have known it, Norfolk's story has been one of darkness, pain, rage and horror. Long-buried bones ... read more
Some 60,000 years ago, a small group of people landed on Australia's northern coast. They were the first oceanic mariners and this great southern land was their new home. Gigantic mammals roamed the plains and enormous crocodiles, giant snakes and goannas nestled in the estuaries and savannahs. First Footprints tells the epic... read more
'Not since The Latham Diaries came out in 2005 has a book delivered so many scoops, insights and revelations into how power is wielded in Australia ...a treasure trove of gems' Crikey An incisive, hard-hitting and utterly compelling expose of media, powerful mates and multimillion-dollar deals, KILLING FAIRFAX tells the insid... read more
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Known as The Boy Colonel, Lieutenant Colonel Douglas Marks, was the youngest battalion commander in the AIF and highly regarded not only as a future military commander, but as a business and community leader. It was a blustery day on the 25th January 1920 at Palm Beach to the north of Sydney and the surf was wild. Two attempt... read more
A witty, irreverent and intelligent satire of Australian politics. A soon-to-be-elected Australian prime minister invokes the spirit of Sir Robert Menzies and astonishingly, the Great Man rises from the grave. But in Canberra, amongst the nation's leaders, the revived Menzies is rarely listened to and hardly visible. Increas... read more
The Eureka Stockade. The story is one of Australia's foundation legends, but until now it has been told as though only half the participants were there. What if the hot-tempered, free-wheeling gold miners we learnt about in school were actually husbands and fathers, brothers and sons? And what if there were women and childre... read more