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  • TURNING POINTS : Chapters in South Australian History
    TURNING POINTS : Chapters in South Australian History
    FOSTER R / SENDZIUK P [ED]
    ISBN: 9781743051191
    Title: TURNING POINTS : Chapters in South Australian History
    Author: FOSTER R / SENDZIUK P [ED]
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    How distinctive is South Australia after all?' South Australia has often been represented as 'different': free of convicts, more enlightened in its attitudes toward Aboriginal people, established on rational economic principles, and progressive in its social and political development. Some of this is true, some of it is not, but mostly the story is more complex. In this book, eminent historians explore these themes by examining some key 'turning points' in South Australia's history. Henry Reynolds considers the question of Aboriginal rights to land. Bill Gammage illustrates the nature of Aboriginal land management. Paul Sendziuk unravels the myth of the colony's convict-free origins, while Robert Foster and Amanda Nettelbeck reveal a surprisingly strong sense of 'nationalism' in colonial South Australia. Susan Magarey traces the histories of two crucial events in the advancement of women. Neal Blewett examines the political innovations of Don Dunstan. Jill Roe looks at life in the country in twentieth-century South Australia, and Mark Peel life in the city, in particular the migrant experience after World War Two. Finally, John Hirst asks: 'How distinctive was South Australia after all?'

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • UNMAKING A MURDER : The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney
    UNMAKING A MURDER : The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney
    ARCHER GRAHAM
    ISBN: 9780143784050
    Title: UNMAKING A MURDER : The Mysterious Death of Anna-Jane Cheney
    Author: ARCHER GRAHAM
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    An investigation into an intriguing murder case and an unprecedented account of how the decisions made by organs of government can be defended and mistakes covered up.

    Anna-Jane Cheney worked at the epicentre of the conservative Adelaide legal community. She was vivacious, popular and talented with an impeccable middle-class upbringing. The man she loved, Henry Vincent Keogh, was a divorced 39-year-old Irish migrant with three children. She died just six weeks before their wedding date.

    According to the prosecution Keogh had planned the drowning murder of Anna-Jane 18 months in advance. He had taken out five insurance policies amounting to $1.2 million over his fiance's life and forged her signature on them.

    Journalist Graham Archer became fascinated by the case. It wasn't a matter of Henry Keogh's guilt or innocence, but that a man could be sentenced to life in prison without him having received a fair trial. The story became an odyssey for Graham. Deliberately, he had no contact with Henry Keogh in the 13 years it took to have the case reviewed by the Supreme Court and have his conviction quashed.

    In the end dogged determination prevailed, and after 20 years behind bars Henry Keogh was released.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $34.99

    Price: $34.99
  • VALOUR AND VIOLETS : South Australia in the Great War
    VALOUR AND VIOLETS : South Australia in the Great War
    KEARNEY ROBERT / CLEARY SHARON
    ISBN: 9781743055311
    Title: VALOUR AND VIOLETS : South Australia in the Great War
    Author: KEARNEY ROBERT / CLEARY SHARON
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Close to 35,000 South Australians enlisted for service overseas during the Great War. Around 5500 never came back. Countless more returned with physical and psychological injuries that would affect them for the rest of their lives.

    Valour and Violets brings together for the first time the stories of the campaigns and battles in which South Australians served, set against the backdrop of the South Australian home front. Here are the stories of Frederick Prentice, the first of three Indigenous South Australians to be awarded the Military Medal; Thomas Baker, the gunner who became an ace pilot; and Sister Margaret Graham, awarded the Royal Red Cross for her contribution to army nursing. Here too are lesser known stories, such as that of Alexandrina Seager, who formed the Cheer-Up Society back home and worked every single day during the war, despite losing her youngest son at Gallipoli. Or Clara Weaver of Rosewater, who not only lost five sons to the war but also her husband, George, who died at home before the war ended.

    Drawing on the work of the many who have written on the subject previously, Valour and Violets provides a wholly South Australian perspective on the impact of the Great War on individuals, on families and on our state's coastal, regional, and outback communities.

    Imprint: WAKEFIELD
    RRP: $75.00

    Price: $75.00
  • VAN DIEMENS LAND
    VAN DIEMENS LAND
    BOYCE JAMES
    ISBN: 9781863954914
    Title: VAN DIEMENS LAND
    Author: BOYCE JAMES
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE


    Almost half of the convicts who came to Australia came to Van Diemen's Land. There they found a land of bounty and a penal society, a kangaroo economy and a new way of life. In this book, James Boyce shows how the convicts were changed by the natural world they encountered. Escaping authority, they soon settled away from the towns, dressing in kangaroo skin and living off the land. Behind the official attempt to create a Little England was another story of adaptation, in which the poor, the exiled and the criminal made a new home in a strange land. This is their story, the story of Van Diemen's Land.

    Imprint: BLACK INC
    RRP: $29.99

    Price: $29.99
  • 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: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    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
  • WAITING FOR ELIJAH
    WAITING FOR ELIJAH
    WILD KATE
    ISBN: 9781925322736
    Title: WAITING FOR ELIJAH
    Author: WILD KATE
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    In 2009, in the NSW country town of Armidale, a mentally ill young man is shot dead by a police officer. Senior Constable Andrew Rich claims he `had no choice' other than to shoot 24-year-old Elijah Holcombe - Elijah had run at him roaring with a knife, he tells police.

    Some witnesses to the shooting say otherwise, though, and this act of aggression doesn't fit with the sweet, sensitive, but troubled young man that Elijah's family and friends knew him to be. The shooting devastates Elijah's family and the police officer alike.

    So what happened in that Armidale laneway - and how could it have been avoided? Waiting for Elijah is the culmination of journalist Kate Wild's six-year investigation - an investigation that not only seeks to answer these questions, but also poses some vitally important ones of its own- Why is it still taboo to talk about mental illness in our society? Is it fair to expect police to be first responders in mental health crises? If the community insists this job belongs to police, how can these interactions be improved?

    Written with clear-eyed compassion and a compelling narrative drive, Waiting for Elijah is an account of a tragedy that didn't have to happen. It is also an intense, forensic deconstruction of the extended legal proceedings that followed, and a heartbreaking portrait of a family's grief.

    Imprint: SCRIBE
    RRP: $35.00

    Price: $35.00
  • 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
  • WELCOME TO COUNTRY : A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia
    WELCOME TO COUNTRY : A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia
    LANGTON MARCIA
    ISBN: 9781741175431
    Title: WELCOME TO COUNTRY : A Travel Guide to Indigenous Australia
    Author: LANGTON MARCIA
    Format: HARD COVER
    Publishing status: BACK IN STOCK SOON

    Tourism Australia statistics show that many overseas tourists, as well as Australians, are keen to learn more about Australia’s first peoples. And while the Indigenous tourism industry continues to grow, no comprehensive travel guide is currently available.

    Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country is a curated guidebook to Indigenous Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. In its pages, author Professor Marcia Langton offers fascinating insights into Indigenous languages and customs, history, native title, art and dance, storytelling, and cultural awareness and etiquette for visitors. There is also a directory of Indigenous tourism experiences, organised by state or territory, covering galleries and festivals, national parks and museums, communities that are open to visitors, as well as tours and performances.

    This book is essential for anyone travelling around Australia who wants to learn more about the culture that has thrived here for over 50,000 years. It also offers the chance to enjoy tourism opportunities that will show you a different side of this fascinating country — one that remains dynamic, and is filled with openness and diversity.

    Imprint: EXPLORE
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WHERE SONG BEGAN : Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
    WHERE SONG BEGAN : Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
    LOW TIM
    ISBN: 9780143572817
    Title: WHERE SONG BEGAN : Australia's Birds and How They Changed the World
    Author: LOW TIM
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Renowned for its unusual mammals, Australia is a land of birds that are just as unusual, just as striking, a result of the continent's tens of millions of years of isolation. Compared with birds elsewhere, ours are more likely to be intelligent, aggressive and loud, to live in complex societies, and are long-lived. They're also ecologically more powerful, exerting more influences on forests than other birds. But unlike the mammals, the birds did not keep to Australia; they spread around the globe. Australia provided the world with its songbirds and parrots, the most intelligent of all bird groups. It was thought in Darwin's time that species generated in the Southern Hemisphere could not succeed in the Northern, an idea that was proven wrong in respect of birds in the 1980s but not properly accepted by the world's scientists until 2004 - because, says Tim Low, most ornithologists live in the Northern Hemisphere. As a result, few Australians are aware of the ramifications, something which prompted the writing of this book. Tim Low has a rare gift for illuminating complex ideas in highly readable prose, and making of the whole a dynamic story. Here he brilliantly explains how our birds came to be so extraordinary, including the large role played by the foods they consume (birds, too, are what they eat), and by our climate, soil, fire, and Australia's legacy as a part of Gondwana. The story of its birds, it turns out, is inseparable from the story of Australia itself, and one that continues to unfold, so much having changed in the last decade about what we know of our ancient past. Where Song Began also shines a light on New Guinea as a biological region of Australia, as much a part of the continent as Tasmania. This is a work that goes far beyond the birds themselves to explore the relationships between Australia's birds and its people, and the ways in which scientific prejudice have hindered our understanding.

    Imprint: PENGUIN BOOKS
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WHITLAM LEGACY
    WHITLAM LEGACY
    BRAMSTON TROY
    ISBN: 9781862879041
    Title: WHITLAM LEGACY
    Author: BRAMSTON TROY
    Format: TRADE PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    The election of the Whitlam government in 1972 marked a turning point in 20th century Australia. Shaking off the vestiges of two decades of conservative rule, Gough Whitlam brought new ideas, new policies and new people to the task of governing. This book provides an account of the government that changed Australia forever.

    Imprint: FEDERATION PRESS
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WHY WARRIORS LIE DOWN AND DIE
    WHY WARRIORS LIE DOWN AND DIE
    TRUDGEN RICHARD IAN
    ISBN: 9780987387400
    Title: WHY WARRIORS LIE DOWN AND DIE
    Author: TRUDGEN RICHARD IAN
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    Why Warriors Lie Down and Die is essential reading for anyone interested in Indigenous peoples. It offers deep insights for those who want a greater understanding of the issues involved in achieving true reconciliation, and provides hope and new direction for those searching for the answers as to why "the problems" seem to persist in Aboriginal communities.

    In Arnhem Land, as in Indigenous communities across Australia, the situation is dire. Indigenous health in Australia is now so bad that 45% of Aboriginal men and 34% of women die before the age of 45. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are also massively over-represented in the criminal justice system. Western Australia incarcerates the Aboriginal people of its State at 9 times the rate of Apartheid South Africa.

    Why Warriors Lie Down and Die provides a fresh analysis of this crisis and offers examples of how Indigenous people can once again take control of their own lives.
    Finding the real causes requires the reader to look at it from the other side of the cultural / language divide - the side where the Yolngu people live. The book Why Warriors Lie Down and Die takes us to that side.

    Told using a blend of critical and exploratory thinking, deep understanding of Yolngu culture, personal experience and powerful story-telling, Why Warriors is used by universities and schools across the country. This is a book for every Australian and is considered by many to be the essential handbook for people working in cross-cultural environments with Aboriginal peoples.

    Imprint: TO BE ALLOCATED
    RRP: $39.99

    Price: $39.99
  • WIFE DROUGHT
    WIFE DROUGHT
    CRABB ANNABEL
    ISBN: 9780857984289
    Title: WIFE DROUGHT
    Author: CRABB ANNABEL
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: TEMPORARILY OUT OF STOCK

    'I need a wife'

    It's a common joke among women juggling work and family. But it's not actually a joke. Having a spouse who takes care of things at home is a Godsend on the domestic front. It's a potent economic asset on the work front. And it's an advantage enjoyed – even in our modern society – by vastly more men than women.

    Working women are in an advanced, sustained, and chronically under-reported state of wife drought, and there is no sign of rain.

    But why is the work-and-family debate always about women? Why don't men get the same flexibility that women do? In our fixation on the barriers that face women on the way into the workplace, do we forget about the barriers that – for men – still block the exits?

    The Wife Drought is about women, men, family and work. Written in Annabel Crabb's inimitable style, it's full of candid and funny stories from the author's work in and around politics and the media, historical nuggets about the role of ‘The Wife' in Australia, and intriguing research about the attitudes that pulse beneath the surface of egalitarian Australia.

    Crabb's call is for a ceasefire in the gender wars. Rather than a shout of rage, The Wife Drought is the thoughtful, engaging catalyst for a conversation that's long overdue.

    Imprint: EBURY
    RRP: $22.99

    Price: $22.99
  • WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    HALL CHRIS
    ISBN: 9780994613905
    Title: WILD BAROSSA : HOW PLANTS PEOPLE AND WILDLIFE CONNECT
    Author: HALL CHRIS
    Format: PAPER COVER
    Publishing status: ACTIVE TITLE

    South Australia’s Barossa is a famous wine region, plus it is a vast naturepark, where wildlife is adopting and adapting to vineyards. Too often we see plants and wildlife as being separate, but Wild Barossa joins the dots and deepens our understanding of the natural world.

    Imprint: DIRECT FROM SUPPLIER
    RRP: $19.99

    Price: $19.99
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