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  • TIME FOR PLAY : RECREATION AND MORAL ISSUES IN COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    TIME FOR PLAY : RECREATION AND MORAL ISSUES IN COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    MOLYNEUX DENIS
    ISBN: 9781743053744
    Title: TIME FOR PLAY : RECREATION AND MORAL ISSUES IN COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA
    Author: MOLYNEUX DENIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    The Eight Hour movement, established in the middle of the 1800s, began the transition for workers from an industrial revolution work ethic to a more balanced approach to the working week. The young colony of South Australia was at the forefront of these changes. The last four decades of the ninetenth century witnessed a significant growth of leisure hours for South Australians, especially working class males. It was accompanied by an upsurge in both formal and informal recreation activity. This owed much to major advances in communication during the period - in personal transport by road, rail, steamship and, later, the ubiquitous bicycle; to the network of telegraph stations, and to the growth of newspapers and specialist journals. These developments stimulated a demand for recreation activities. However, not all sections of the South Australian community looked favourably on these developments. Religious and political forces combined to target the new leisure, particularly when it touched on the 'social evils' of intemperance, gambling and improper behaviour on Sundays. A further constraint was contemporary attitudes to matters of dress and conduct: these were particularly severe on women. 'Time for Play' examines these developments in the colony, and shows how they improved the lot of first the working class, and eventually, society as a whole.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.95

    Price: $34.95
  • TOO LATE : How We Lost the Battle with Climate Change
    TOO LATE : How We Lost the Battle with Climate Change
    MASLEN GEOFFREY
    ISBN: 9781743793244
    Title: TOO LATE : How We Lost the Battle with Climate Change
    Author: MASLEN GEOFFREY
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In Too Late, Geoff Maslen discusses the dramatic changes that are occurring to our planet and explains some of their consequenes in simple terms: how are land and ocean affected by global warming, what is a methane time bomb, and what happens once the global temperature rise reaches a critical treshold?

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
  • TOUR DE OZ
    TOUR DE OZ
    HARRIS BRET
    ISBN: 9781460751770
    Title: TOUR DE OZ
    Author: HARRIS BRET
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Four years before the inaugural Tour de France, four cyclists known as 'Overlanders' set out on a race around Australia.

    On 24 November 1896 a wiry and wily bushman named Arthur Richardson left Coolgardie for Adelaide by bicycle. Carrying only a small kit and a water-bag, he followed the telegraph line. After much 'sweating and swearing' on sandy roads west of Eucla, and enduring the scorching heat, 31 days later he became the first man to pedal across the Nullarbor. But within three years Richardson had set his sights on becoming the first person to ride around the vast island continent, not yet a nation, and some 18,507km. On 5 June, 1899, he left Perth, heading north, carrying no more than a swag and a pistol. It took courage, self-confidence, endurance and resourcefulness to tackle such a ride. Richardson would follow dirt tracks, cattle and camel pads and stars in the night sky as he battled thirst, hunger, exhaustion, crocodile attack and spears from Aboriginal warriors to realize his dream. But he also had competition...another party of cyclists with the same ambition.

    New Zealand-born Brothers Frank and Alex White and wealthy adventurer Donald Mackay from Wallandbeen Station, NSW, were attempting the ride in a counter-clockwise direction from Melbourne and Brisbane respectively.

    Set against the fledging pastoralist empires of pre-Federation Australia, Tour de Oz, is the extraordinarily true story of a remarkable race to 'circumcycle' the Australian continent - before we became a nation.

    Imprint: HARPER COLLINS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • TRAITORS : How Australia and its Allies Betrayed Our Anzacs and Let Nazi and Japanese War Criminals Go Free
    TRAITORS : How Australia and its Allies Betrayed Our Anzacs and Let Nazi and Japanese War Criminals Go Free
    WALKER FRANK
    ISBN: 9780733637179
    Title: TRAITORS : How Australia and its Allies Betrayed Our Anzacs and Let Nazi and Japanese War Criminals Go Free
    Author: WALKER FRANK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Shocking revelations about how our government let Nazi and Japanese war criminals go free. Bestselling author Frank Walker shows the ugly side of war and power and the many betrayals of ANZAC and Allied troops during and after WWII.

    In October 1943 Winston Churchill, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Josef Stalin signed a solemn pact that once their enemies were defeated the Allied powers would 'pursue them to the uttermost ends of the earth and will deliver them to their accusers in order that justice may be done'. Nowhere did they say that justice would be selective. But it would prove to be.

    TRAITORS outlines the treachery of the British, American and Australian governments, who turned a blind eye to those who experimented on Australian prisoners of war. Journalist and bestselling author Frank Walker details how Nazis hired by ASIO were encouraged to settle in Australia and how the Catholic Church, CIA and MI6 helped the worst Nazi war criminals escape justice.

    While our soldiers were asked to risk their lives for King and country, Allied corporations traded with the enemy; Nazi and Japanese scientists were enticed to work for Australia, the US and UK; and Australia's own Hollywood hero Errol Flynn was associating with Nazi spies.

    The extraordinary revelations in TRAITORS detail the ugly side of war and power and the many betrayals of our ANZACs. After reading this book you can't help but wonder, what else did they hide?

    Imprint: HACHETTE
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • TROUBLE : ON TRIAL IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA
    TROUBLE : ON TRIAL IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA
    FINNANE KIERAN
    ISBN: 9780702254031
    Title: TROUBLE : ON TRIAL IN CENTRAL AUSTRALIA
    Author: FINNANE KIERAN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Trouble goes into the ordered environment of the courtroom to lay out in detail some of the dark disorder in the town's recent history. Men kill their wives, kill one another in seeming senseless acts of revenge, families feud, women join the violence, children watch and learn from the sidelines. Most of the action is relayed from town and roadside drinking camps, places that are out of sight and mind until gatherings awash with alcohol erupt in trouble that cannot be ignored. Occasionally it crosses race lines, with alcohol as the great leveller.

    Kieran Finnane documents these crimes through witness accounts, recognising the way they go beyond accounting for the horror and tragedy of violent events, the guilt or innocence of perpetrators, to become also the evidence of a town and region being painfully remade. Drawing on 25 years as a journalist in central Australia, as well as experience of its everyday life, Finnane contemplates local prejudices and sensitivities, political and administrative divisions and reforms, and reveals the connections and aspirations of individuals in the wider community who offer a unique insight into this place and its people.



    Imprint: UNI OF QUEENSLAND PRESS
    RRP: $29.95
    Price: $29.95
  • TRUE GIRT : THE UNAUTHORISED HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    TRUE GIRT : THE UNAUTHORISED HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    HUNT DAVID
    ISBN: 9781863958844
    Title: TRUE GIRT : THE UNAUTHORISED HISTORY OF AUSTRALIA
    Author: HUNT DAVID
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    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 challenged explorers, nervous indigenous people, Caroline Chisholm and sheep. Lots of sheep.

    True Girt introduces Thomas Davey, the hard-drinking Tasmanian governor who invented the Blow My Skull cocktail, and Captain Moonlite, Australia's most famous LGBTI bushranger. Meet William Nicholson, the Melbourne hipster who gave Australia the steam-powered coffee roaster and the world the secret ballot. And say hello to Harry, the first camel used in Australian exploration, who shot dead his owner, the explorer John Horrocks.

    Learn how Truganini's death inspired the Martian invasion of Earth. Discover the role of Hall and Oates in the Myall Creek Massacre. And be reminded why you should never ever smoke with the Wild Colonial Boy and Mad Dan Morgan.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • UNDER THE BURNING SUN : A HISTORY OF COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1836-1900
    UNDER THE BURNING SUN : A HISTORY OF COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1836-1900
    GIBBS R M
    ISBN: 9781921601859
    Title: UNDER THE BURNING SUN : A HISTORY OF COLONIAL SOUTH AUSTRALIA 1836-1900
    Author: GIBBS R M
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    South Australia has a reputation for being different. Conceived as a 'province' fully formed, it was the only colony to be founded by an Act of the British parliament. The ideals present at its founding in 1836 included enlightened aspirations towards the Aboriginal inhabitants. In colonial times it succeeded in becoming the granary of the Australian continent, though limited resources often handicapped it. Adelaide, the colony's capital, exercised an influence over the colony unmatched by the capitals in other Australian colonies. This book seeks to explore the South Australian experience to the time of Australia's federation in 1901.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $79.99

    Price: $79.99
  • UNEARTHED : THE ABORIGINAL TASMANIANS OF KANGAROO ISLAND
    UNEARTHED : THE ABORIGINAL TASMANIANS OF KANGAROO ISLAND
    TAYLOR REBE
    ISBN: 9781862547988
    Title: UNEARTHED : THE ABORIGINAL TASMANIANS OF KANGAROO ISLAND
    Author: TAYLOR REBE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    It is relatively well known that the Palawa community of Tasmania is mostly descended from the Aboriginal Tasmanian women who sealers took to the Bass Strait Islands in the early nineteenth century. But few people know that sealers also took Tasmanian women to Kangaroo Island, establishing a cross-cultural community before the settlement of South Australia. Aboriginal Tasmanian descendants are still living on Kangaroo Island today and this book is their story. Beginning in the sealing days, it tells how they became successful farmers, but how many grew up unaware of their Aboriginal ancestry, and are still struggling to face questions of identity today. 'This is a powerful and passionate exploration of cross-cultural history, and it is also an intriguing detective story. Taylor skilfully interweaves experience and memory, narrative and genealogy, politics and place so that this island saga becomes a history of the national psyche.' - Tom Griffiths, Australian National University







    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • UNKNOWN WARRIOR - SEARCH FOR AUSTRALIAS GREATEST ACE - ALEC LITTLE
    UNKNOWN WARRIOR - SEARCH FOR AUSTRALIAS GREATEST ACE - ALEC LITTLE
    ROSEL MIKE
    ISBN: 9781921875748
    Title: UNKNOWN WARRIOR - SEARCH FOR AUSTRALIAS GREATEST ACE - ALEC LITTLE
    Author: ROSEL MIKE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Imprint: AUSTRALIAN SCHOLARLY
    RRP: $34.95
    Price: $34.95
  • UP CAME A SQUATTER : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NIEL BLACK 1839-1880
    UP CAME A SQUATTER : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NIEL BLACK 1839-1880
    BLACK MAGGIE
    ISBN: 9781742235066
    Title: UP CAME A SQUATTER : THE LIFE AND TIMES OF NIEL BLACK 1839-1880
    Author: BLACK MAGGIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: SEPTEMBER 2016 NEW RELEAS

    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 Victoria – a livestock breeder and a Member of the Legislative Council. He was also a correspondent extraordinaire, and his letters to family, fellow pastoralists, colonial officials, and his chief UK business partner, Thomas Steuart Gladstone (and first cousin of the British prime minister), offer a unique insight into the time. Black’s letters and journals, now held at the State Library Victoria, are the inspiration for this revelatory book written by his great-granddaughter.

    Battles with local Aboriginal people, other settlers, Commissioners of Crown Lands and bush-fires, along with droughts, family feuds, multiple trips back to Scotland to find a wife and Black’s rise to gentrified excess are all vividly brought to life.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
  • VAN DIEMENS LAND : AN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
    VAN DIEMENS LAND : AN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
    JOHNSON MURRAY
    ISBN: 9781742234212
    Title: VAN DIEMENS LAND : AN ABORIGINAL HISTORY
    Author: JOHNSON MURRAY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The history of Aborigines in Van Diemens Land is long. The first Tasmanians lived in isolation for as many as 300 generations after the flooding of Bass Strait. Their struggle against almost insurmountable odds is one worthy of respect and admiration, not to mention serious attention. This broad-ranging book is a comprehensive and critical account of that epic survival up to the present day. Starting from antiquity, the book examines the devastating arrival of Europeans and subsequent colonisation, warfare and exile. It emphasises the regionalism and separateness, a consistent feature of Aboriginal life since time immemorial that has led to the distinct identities we see in the present, including the unique place of the islanders of Bass Strait. Carefully researched, using the findings of archaeologists and extensive documentary evidence, some only recently uncovered, this important book fills a long-time gap in Tasmanian history.

    Imprint: NEW SOUTH
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • VANDEMONIAN WAR : The Secret History of Britain's Tasmanian Invasion
    VANDEMONIAN WAR : The Secret History of Britain's Tasmanian Invasion
    BRODIE NICK
    ISBN: 9781743793114
    Title: VANDEMONIAN WAR : The Secret History of Britain's Tasmanian Invasion
    Author: BRODIE NICK
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Britain formally colonised Van Diemen’s Land in the early years of the nineteenth century. Small convict stations grew into towns. Pastoralists moved in to the aboriginal hunting grounds. There was conflict, there was violence. But, governments and gentlemen succeeded in burying the real story of the Vandemonian War for nearly two centuries.

    The Vandemonian War had many sides and shades, but it was fundamentally a war between the British colony of Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania) and the Aboriginal people who lived in political and social contradiction to that colony. The Vandemonian War tells the largely untold story of how the British truly occupied Van Diemen’s Land deploying regimental soldiers and special forces, armed convicts and mercenaries.

    In the 1820s and 1830s the British deliberately pushed the Aboriginals out, driving them to the edge of existence. Far from localised fights between farmers and hunters of popular memory, this was a war of sweeping campaigns and brutal tactics, waged by military and paramilitary forces subject to a Lieutenant Governor who was also Colonel Commanding. The British won the Vandemonian War and then discretely and purposefully concealed it.

    Historians failed to see through the myths and lies – until now. It is no exaggeration to say that the tribes of Van Diemen’s Land were extirpated from the island. Whole societies were deliberately obliterated. This is ground breaking story, discovered in neglected handwriting nearly two centuries old, that redraws what we know about our history. The Vandemonian War is a dark stain on a former empire.

    Imprint: HARDIE GRANT BOOKS
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • WARNING : THE STORY OF CYCLONE TRACY
    WARNING : THE STORY OF CYCLONE TRACY
    CUNNINGHAM SOPHIE
    ISBN: 9781922079367
    Title: WARNING : THE STORY OF CYCLONE TRACY
    Author: CUNNINGHAM SOPHIE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The sky at the top end is big and the weather moves like a living thing. You can hear it in the cracking air when there is an electrical storm and as the thunder rolls around the sky...

    When Cyclone Tracy swept down on Darwin at Christmas 1974, the weather became not just a living thing but a killer. Tracy destroyed an entire city, left seventy-one people dead and ripped the heart out of Australia's season of goodwill.
    For the fortieth anniversary of the nation's most iconic natural disaster, Sophie Cunningham has gone back to the eyewitness accounts of those who lived through the devastation-and those who faced the heartbreaking clean-up and the back-breaking rebuilding. From the quiet stirring of the service-station bunting that heralded the catastrophe to the wholesale slaughter of the dogs that followed it, Cunningham brings to the tale a novelist's eye for detail and an exhilarating narrative drive. And a sober appraisal of what Tracy means to us now, as we face more-and more destructive-extreme weather with every year that passes. Compulsively readable and undeniably moving, Warning is the essential non-fiction book of 2014.

    Imprint: TEXT PUBLISHING
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WARRIOR : A LEGENDARY LEADERS DRAMATIC LIFE AND VIOLENT DEATH ON THE COLONIAL FRONTIER
    WARRIOR : A LEGENDARY LEADERS DRAMATIC LIFE AND VIOLENT DEATH ON THE COLONIAL FRONTIER
    CONNORS LIBBY
    ISBN: 9781760110482
    Title: WARRIOR : A LEGENDARY LEADERS DRAMATIC LIFE AND VIOLENT DEATH ON THE COLONIAL FRONTIER
    Author: CONNORS LIBBY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'An enduring record of one of our greatest heroes.' Sam Watson, activist and writer..In the 1840s, white settlement in the north was under attack. European settlers were in awe of Aboriginal physical fitness and fighting prowess, and a series of deadly raids on homesteads made even the townspeople of Brisbane anxious...Young warrior Dundalli was renowned for his size and strength, and he was given the task by his elders to lead the resistance against the ever increasing incursions on their traditional lands. Their response was embedded in Aboriginal law and Dundalli became one of their greatest lawmen. For twelve years, with his band of warriors he had the settlers in thrall, evading capture again and again, until he was finally arrested and publicly executed...Warrior is the extraordinary story of one of Australia's little-known heroes, one of many Aboriginal men to die protecting their country. It is also a fresh and compelling portrait of life in the early days of white settlement of Brisbane and south east Queensland.

    Imprint: ALLEN AND UNWIN
    RRP: $32.99

    Price: $32.99
  • WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR INDUSTRY?
    WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR INDUSTRY?
    PORTER IAN
    ISBN: 9781925321500
    Title: WHAT HAPPENED TO THE CAR INDUSTRY?
    Author: PORTER IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    The Australian car industry is almost 120 years old, and has become been part of the nation's industrial and social fabric. In 1949 the federal government encouraged the industry to invest here so the country could make weapons of defence. Carmakers would not otherwise have made the investment because the market was too small, and it still is. But with protection in the early years and co-investment more recently, the industry thrived, and dragged Australia out of the farm era and into the ranks of industrialised countries.

    The taxpayer investment has paid off handsomely, in jobs, in technology diffusion, and in social cohesion. It has also paid off financially. These days, income tax paid by automotive workers repays the taxpayer three times over. The industry has provided a great return on the taxpayer investment.

    But this was not good enough for prime minister Tony Abbott, his austerity-minded treasurer, Joe Hockey, or his acting prime minister, Warren Truss. They decided to bully the carmakers into leaving so the government could save a few budgetary dollars and redirect a small proportion of the money to Truss's farming constituents.

    What Happened to the Car Industry?
    tells this story more in sorrow than in anger. Accompanied by superb cartoons by Mark Knight and John Spooner, it is an indictment of political folly and industrial vandalism.



    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $24.99
    Price: $24.99
  • WHERE ARE OUR BOYS?
    WHERE ARE OUR BOYS?
    WOODS MARTIN
    ISBN: 9780642278715
    Title: WHERE ARE OUR BOYS?
    Author: WOODS MARTIN
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    In 1914, the newspaper map or newsmap began to supply readers with the geographical backdrop to the Great War, an important tool in explaining the progress of the war to the public at home. Day by day, for every campaign and battle, readers across the nation were deluged with maps, both in the pages of newspapers and pasted up in town and city streets, allowing them to follow Australian and Allied exploits. Drawn from scant news cables, out of date cartography, and the writer’s imagination, a semi-fictional war story emerged, of ANZAC successes and, sometimes, disasters.

    ‘Our boys’ were in Egypt, Palestine, Gallipoli, Belgium, Germany and France, in towns and villages most Australians had never heard of. Soon, these places were being discussed, with growing expertise, over maps in homes, pubs, churches and clubs. Those following the war at home were never allowed too close, as censorship rules dictated when maps could be published. Yet Where Are Our Boys? is not simply about propaganda. Maps in newspapers tracked the war’s many campaigns and the exploits of our boys, but most importantly allowed those at home to feel close to their brothers, husbands, fathers, uncles, neighbours and cousins. Maps naturally became central to commemorating events, people and places.

    The war produced more maps than any time before in history, giving us along the way some of the most beautiful, and sometimes misleading, maps ever published. Where Are Our Boys? tells the story of how the war was fought and won from the opening salvos in 1914 to Gallipoli and victory on the Western Front. In the end, though, these maps were needed most to help understand the conflict and to comprehend the great human costs.

    Imprint: NAT LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA
    RRP: $49.99

    Price: $49.99
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