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  • 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    BRODIE NICK
    ISBN: 9781743791608
    Title: 1787 : THE LOST CHAPTERS OF AUSTRALIAS BEGINNINGS
    Author: BRODIE NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 millennia before the English claimed Australia as their own and wrote the history books. 1787 traces the journey of Australia before the infamous 1788 date, to explore just how ‘discovered’ the southern continent was by not only the Indigenous Australians who had lived and prospered for thousands of years, but also the sailors, traders, fishermen and many others who had visited our shores.

    This is not about voyages of ‘discovery’, cartography, geography, or hero-captains and their sailing ship adventures. This is a bigger history—of the rise and fall of empires, the shifts in global economies, and their impact on Australia. By charting the encounters with Australia and its original people by several major groups of visitors, primarily the Portuguese, Dutch, Malay, French, and British from the late Middle Ages, 1787 reveals the stories of first encounters between Indigenous Australians and foreigners, placing Indigenous Australians back into our known history rather than a timeless pre-historical one. It’s a fascinating story that shifts focus away from post-colonial history and engages the reader in the eventful and lively stories of Australia as a vast and active land participating in a global history.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ABORIGINAL SELF DETERMINATION : THE WHITEMANS DREAM
    ABORIGINAL SELF DETERMINATION : THE WHITEMANS DREAM
    JOHNS GARY
    ISBN: 9781921421860
    Title: ABORIGINAL SELF DETERMINATION : THE WHITEMANS DREAM
    Author: JOHNS GARY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Land rights, welfare and culture have locked aborigines out of the good life. Land has become a burden, welfare has become disabling, bad behaviour is mistaken for culture. There is a way out. Aborigines must abide by the same rules as every other Australian -- seek out opportunities, study hard, and free themselves from a culture of bad behaviour.

    This is in contrast to the white man’s dream of Aboriginal self-determination. This grand experiment has failed. Aborigines, especially those in remote Australia, need an exit strategy from the dream. The exit strategy outlined in this book destroys the rallying cry for culture. Instead, it shows that the way to self-determination is through individual dignity.

    Imprint: CONNORCOURT
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ADELAIDE
    ADELAIDE
    GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    ISBN: 9781742232621
    Title: ADELAIDE
    Author: GOLDSWORTHY KERRYN
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A painting, a frog cake, a landmark, a statue, a haunting newspaper photograph, a bucket of peaches, pink shorts in parliament, concert tickets, tourist maps.

    Kerryn Goldsworthy's Adelaide is a museum of sorts, a personal guide to the city through a collection of iconic objects. Adelaide navigates her southern home, discovering its identifying curios and passing them to the reader to touch, inspect and marvel at. These objects explore the beautiful, commonplace, dark and contradictory history of Adelaide: the heat, the wine, the weirdness, the progressive politics and the rigid colonial formality, the sinister horrors and the homey friendliness. They all paint a lively portrait of her home city as remembered, lived in, thought about, missed, loved, hated, laughed at, travelled to and from, seen from afar and close up by assorted writers, citizens and visitors but mainly as it exists in her memory and imagination.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN
    ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742232201
    Title: ADELAIDE REMEMBER WHEN
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Remember childhood visits to the Adelaide Zoo with a ride in the elephant cart? School lunches and a glass bottle of sun-warmed milk? spending Saturday night at Downtown or Tilt to play arcade games or go rollerskating? rides at Magic Mountain or Dazzleland, dances at local clubs with local bands, early TV shows and sleeping on the lawn on a hot Adelaide summer night?
    Adelaide Remember When is the city we remember, in pictures and words. The best of Bob Byrne's hit Facebook page and much more, Adelaide Remember When is a bumper book that shows us bits of Adelaide we've forgotten, local identities and landmarks we loved and reminds us that the best parts of the city haven't changed.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    ISBN: 9781876906122
    Title: ADELAIDES JUBILEE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 1887-1888
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    A history of the Adelaide's grand scale, international industrial exhibition, celebrating the 50th anniversary of settlement, and honoured Queen Victoria's jubilee. A riot of patriotism/imperialism riddled its course with the pomp and jingoism of the period. The purpose-built building, the six-month exhibition, and the uses and fate of the building complete this collective memory of a now-absent building. Containing contributions by thirty-seven historians it looks at the exhibition and its impact on South Australia.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • AFTER THE BLAST : AN AUSTRALIAN OFFICER IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    AFTER THE BLAST : AN AUSTRALIAN OFFICER IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    CALLENDER GARTH
    ISBN: 9781863957380
    Title: AFTER THE BLAST : AN AUSTRALIAN OFFICER IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN
    Author: CALLENDER GARTH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    A very Australian story of heroism and healing.

    In 2004 Garth Callender, a junior cavalry officer, was deployed to Iraq. He quickly found his feet leading convoys of armoured vehicles through the streets of Baghdad and into the desert beyond. But one morning his crew was targeted in a roadside bomb attack. Garth became Australia's first serious casualty in the war.

    After recovering from his injuries, Garth returned to Iraq in 2006 as second-in-command of the Australian Army's security detachment in Baghdad. He found a city in the grip of a rising insurgency. His unit had to contend with missile attacks, suicide bombers and the death by misadventure of one of their own, Private Jake Kovco.

    Determined to prevent the kinds of bomb attacks that left him scarred, Garth volunteered once more in 2009 – to lead a weapons intelligence team in Afghanistan. He was helicoptered to blast zones in the aftermath of attacks, and worked to identify the insurgent bomb-makers responsible.

    Revealing, moving, funny and full of drama, Garth Callender's story is one of a kind.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • ALL FALL DOWN
    ALL FALL DOWN
    CONDON MATTHEW
    ISBN: 9780702253539
    Title: ALL FALL DOWN
    Author: CONDON MATTHEW
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The gripping finale to Three Crooked Kings and Jacks and Jokers brings to a close Matthew Condon's best-selling true-crime trilogy.

    In 1983, the soon-to-be-knighted Police Commissioner Terry Lewis continues to turn a blind eye to the operation of The Joke, a highly organised system of graft payments from illegal gambling, prostitution and illicit drugs. As the tentacles of this fraudulent vice network spread, the fabric holding together the police, judiciary and political system starts to unravel. All Fall Down offers an unprecedented insight into the Fitzgerald Inquiry and Lewis's subsequent years in prison, and explores the real story behind the dramatic exit of Sir Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Drawing from interviews with key players who have, until now, been afraid to speak publicly, All Fall Down celebrates the bravery of those unsung heroes who risked everything to expose the truth.

    This epic trilogy provides the definitive account of an unforgettable period in Queensland's history. The devastating consequences of those decades of corruption still reverberate today.

    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU
    AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU
    HEISS ANITA
    ISBN: 9781742751924
    Title: AM I BLACK ENOUGH FOR YOU
    Author: HEISS ANITA
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    I'm Aboriginal. I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be.

    What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central New South Wales, but was raised in the suburbs of Sydney and educated at the local Catholic school. She is Aboriginal - however, this does not mean she likes to go barefoot and, please, don't ask her to camp in the desert.

    After years of stereotyping Aboriginal Australians as either settlement dwellers or rioters in Redfern, the Australian media have discovered a new crime to charge them with: being too 'fair-skinned' to be an Australian Aboriginal. Such accusations led to Anita's involvement in one of the most important and sensational Australian legal decisions of the 21st-century when she joined others in charging a newspaper columnist with breaching the Racial Discrimination Act. He was found guilty, and the repercussions continue.

    In this deeply personal memoir, told in her distinctive, wry style, Anita Heiss gives a first-hand account of her experiences as a woman with an Aboriginal mother and Austrian father, and explains the development of her activist consciousness.

    Read her story and ask: what does it take for someone to be black enough for you?

    Imprint: BANTAM
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    ISBN: 9781925377323
    Title: ANTIPODES : IN SEARCH OF THE SOUTHERN CONTINENT
    Author: STALLARD AVAN JUDD
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Antipodes: In Search of the Southern Continent is a new history of an ancient geography. It reassesses the evidence for why Europeans believed a massive southern continent existed, and why they advocated for its discovery.

    When ships were equal to ambitions, explorers set out to find and claim Terra Australis said to be as large, rich and varied as all the northern lands combined. Antipodes charts these voyages voyages both through the imagination and across the High Seas in pursuit of the mythical Terra Australis. In doing so, the question is asked: how could so many fail to see the realities they encountered? And how is it a mythical land held the gaze of an era famed for breaking free the shackles of superstition?

    That Terra Australis did not exist that didn’t stop explorers pursuing the continent to its Antarctic obsolescence, unwilling to abandon the promise of such a rich and magnificent land till it was stripped of every ounce of value it had ever promised. In the process, the southern continent an imaginary land became one of the shaping forces of early modern history.

    Imprint: MONASH UNIVERSITY PRESS
    RRP: $39.95

    Price: $39.95
  • ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    TYNAN ELIZABETH
    ISBN: 9781742234281
    Title: ATOMIC THUNDER : THE MARALINGA STORY
    Author: TYNAN ELIZABETH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 land into a radioactive wasteland.

    In 1950 Australian prime minister Robert Menzies blithely agreed to atomic tests that offered no benefit to Australia and relinquished control over them – and left the public completely in the dark. This book reveals the devastating consequences of that decision. After earlier tests at Monte Bello and Emu Field, in 1956 Australia dutifully provided 3200 square kilometres of South Australian desert to the British Government, along with logistics and personnel.

    How could a democracy such as Australia host another country’s nuclear program in the midst of the Cold War? In this meticulously researched and shocking work, journalist and academic Elizabeth Tynan reveals how Australia allowed itself to be duped. Maralinga was born in secret atomic business, and has continued to be shrouded in mystery decades after the atomic thunder stopped rolling across the South Australian test site. This book is the most comprehensive account of the whole saga, from the time that the explosive potential of splitting uranium atoms was discovered, to the uncovering of the extensive secrecy around the British tests in Australia many years after the British had departed, leaving an unholy mess behind.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIA : A GERMAN TRAVELLER IN THE AGE OF GOLD
    AUSTRALIA : A GERMAN TRAVELLER IN THE AGE OF GOLD
    GERSTACKER FRIEDRICH
    ISBN: 9781743054192
    Title: AUSTRALIA : A GERMAN TRAVELLER IN THE AGE OF GOLD
    Author: GERSTACKER FRIEDRICH
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Friedrich Gerstacker, the most illustrious and prolific of German travel writers, set foot in Australia in March 1851, having walked across the Andes, traipsed the goldfields of California, and sailed over the Pacific in search of new adventures. Gerstacker found adventures aplenty in Australia. He rowed and trekked down the Murray, absorbed the excitement triggered by the discovery of gold, visited his countrymen in South Australia, and trained his outsider's eyes on a colonial society gripped by profound change. In this translated edition of Gerstacker's book 'Australien', his lively travelogue is made available for the first time in English. Rarely has Australia's colonial past been presented with such insight, humour and entertainment.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    BYRNE BOB
    ISBN: 9781742234564
    Title: AUSTRALIA REMEMBER WHEN
    Author: BYRNE BOB
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Remember grabbing a copy of the late edition afternoon paper from the paper boy? Watching a Graham Kennedy skit on TV? Did you buy a 45rpm single or a 33rpm album at your local record shop? And play it on your record player? If you answered yes to any of these questions chances are you are part of the Baby Boomer generation. How time has flown! It all seems just like yesterday. Take a pleasantly sentimental trip down memory lane with Bob Brown as he shows us bits of Australia we’ve forgotten, identities and landmarks we loved and let him remind us that some of the best things about Australia haven’t changed.

    The best of Bob Byrne’s hit Facebook page and much more, Australia Remember When is a bumper book that shows us bits of Australia we’ve forgotten, local identities and landmarks we loved and reminds us that the best parts of Australia haven’t changed.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIA UNDER SURVEILLANCE
    AUSTRALIA UNDER SURVEILLANCE
    MOORHOUSE FRANK
    ISBN: 9780857985972
    Title: AUSTRALIA UNDER SURVEILLANCE
    Author: MOORHOUSE FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    ASIO has kept a file on Frank Moorhouse since he was 17. Frank has decided it is time to report on ASIO. In 2013 ASIO made new efforts to extend its surveillance powers to internet and mobile phone communication and some other extensions of its powers including the making the issuing of warrants easier. We are just beginning to evolve new attitudes and behaviour appropriate for a society in which nothing can be assumed to be private, especially at the governmental level. At the same time we are trying to discern what it is that constitutes, or not, an offence against national security. We are also facing the question of what degree of terrorist threat we are prepared to endure so as to retain freedoms of expression and what might be loosely called the 'traditional privacies'. The paradox is an old one: which of our rights do we temporarily (or forever) relinquish in order to prevent external threats to our society which is based on such rights? More than ever before, this future is unforeseeable and if in the unforeseeable we see a glimmer of dangerous things we should remember that positive things also can be unforeseeable. We need a renewal of the bargain between the citizen and the secret agencies, as unreliable as it may be, as we all go into the glare and the maze of controlled and uncontrollable data collection and its consequences. At least WikiLeaks and other socially-conscious hackers and whistleblowers will keep us in the picture. We should always offer them our protection. They are all we've got.

    Imprint: VINTAGE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    ISBN: 9780643097544
    Title: AUSTRALIAN BIRD GUIDE
    Author: MENKHORST PETER ET AL
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    Australia's avifauna is large, diverse and spectacular, reflecting the continents impressive range of habitats and evolutionary history.

    With specially commissioned paintings of over 900 species, The Australian Bird Guide is the most comprehensive field guide to Australian birds ever seen. The guide features close to 250 stunning colour plates, with particular emphasis on providing the fine detail required to identify difficult groups and distinctive plumages. Comprehensive species accounts have been written by a dedicated team of ornithologists to ensure identification details, distribution and status are current and accurate.

    The Australian Bird Guide sets a new standard in field guides, providing an indispensable reference for all birders and naturalists looking to explore Australias magnificent and unique birdlife.

    Imprint: CSIRO PUBLICATIONS
    RRP: $49.95

    Price: $49.95
  • AUSTRALIAN CONFEDERATES
    AUSTRALIAN CONFEDERATES
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780857986559
    Title: AUSTRALIAN CONFEDERATES
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In the summer of 1865, when a Confederate warship sailed into the port of Melbourne, 42 men secretly enlisted to fight for the South in the American Civil War.

    On the notorious raider Shenandoah – scourge of the Yankee merchant fleet – they sailed off to adventure and controversy, and fired the last shot of the war.

    When the Shenandoah - a sleek steamer/sailer and one of the fastest ships afloat - dropped anchor in Hobsons Bay, the fledgling colony of Victoria was taken by surprise, and the Confederates had no way of knowing whether they would be hailed as heroes or hanged as pirates.

    To the rebels' surprise, Melbourne took them to its heart. Victorians came in their thousands to visit the ship, and its officers were feted as celebrities. They were wined and dined by the city's elite, attended a ball held in their honour , mixed it with Yankee sympathisers in a barroom brawl, and charmed the ladies of Melbourne and Ballarat with their grand Southern manners.

    Meanwhile, in defiance of the law against foreign warships recruiting in a neutral port, 42 men were smuggled aboard in dead of night and, once at sea, signed up to join the Confederate Navy.
    For Australia – not yet a nation – 1865 was a watershed year in an age of gold rushes, bushrangers, disputes between rival colonies, and fears of foreign invasion. For war-torn America, it was the turning point in the deadliest conflict in that nation's history. After the defeat at Gettysburg, the tide had turned against the Confederacy but the South was determined to fight on, and, in the war at sea, the Shenandoah was the last best hope.

    The Shenandoah's mission was to damage the North's economy by attacking its commercial fleet, and, under the command of the enigmatic Captain James Waddell, the raider went on to wipe out almost the entire New England whaling fleet.

    On learning that Robert E. Lee had surrendered, Waddell refused to believe the cause was lost. The Shenandoah continued harrying the Yankee fleet and fired the last shot of the war after capturing, burning and ransoming 38 Union ships and taking more than 1,000 prisoners. On accepting at last that the war had ended, the Confederates sailed around the world to England, pursued as pirates by Union warships, and surrendered to the neutral British.

    Some 120 Australians are known to have fought in the American Civil War, on both sides. Looking back, it is an uncomfortable thought that Australians could sympathise with a society based on the obscenity of slavery, yet while officialdom in the colonies backed the Union and British neutrality, public opinion generally favoured the South. The gold rush era, during which the Shenandoah arrived, tended to glorify rebel causes, and the Southerners had no difficulty finding willing recruits.

    Of the 42 men who signed on in Melbourne as petty officers, seamen and marines, some returned home, others dropped out of sight and one died aboard ship – the last man to die in the service of the Confederacy. This is their story.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    SMYTH TERRY
    ISBN: 9780143782377
    Title: AUSTRALIAN DESPERADOES : The Incredible Story of How Australian Gangsters Terrorised California
    Author: SMYTH TERRY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: JULY 2017 NEW RELEASE

    They were the Australians who made American history. In the roaring days of the 1850s California gold rush, San Francisco was the most dangerous town in America, made so by a notorious criminal gang known as the Sydney Coves.

    The Coves – San Francisco's first organised-crime gang – were Australians: men and women with criminal careers in Australia who had come to the US, mostly illegally, during the gold rush. The Coves had come not to dig for gold but to unleash a crime wave the likes of which America had never seen. Robbery, murder, arson and extortion were the Coves' stock-in-trade, and it was said that the leader of the gang, Jim Stuart, had killed more men than any man in California.

    The gang’s base, in the waterfront district, came to be known as Sydney Town. The area was a no-go zone for police – many of whom were in Stuart’s pocket anyway – so, just as Capone would one day rule Chicago, the Coves ruled San Francisco. And more than once, just to make sure there was no doubt that Frisco was their town, they burnt it down.

    The Coves were hated and feared by the respectable citizens of San Francisco – who derisively called them 'Sydney Ducks' but never to their faces – and, realising that the forces of the law could not, or would not, take them on, decided lynch law was the only solution, and formed a vigilante group.

    The streets of San Francisco became a battlefield as the Coves and the vigilantes fought for control of the city, with gunfights and lynchings almost daily spectacles as the police stood idly by. Jim Stewart was arrested in Sacramento for killing a sheriff, but escaped to be involved in one the most celebrated cases of mistaken identity in the annals of American crime. When the smoke cleared, the Coves' reign of terror was over. Some were strung up from storefronts in the street, some fell in a deadly gunfight with Jonathan R. Davis, one of the fastest guns in the west, others escaped capture and returned to Australia.

    The story of the Sydney Coves is little-known, fascinating and well worth telling.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
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