Australian history books

My Tidda, My Sister

My Tidda, My Sister

Marlee Silva, Rachael Sarra, Charlotte Allingham

My Tidda, My Sister shares the experiences of many Indigenous women and girls, brought together by author and host of the Tiddas 4 Tiddas podcast, Marlee Silva. The voices of First Nations' women that Marlee weaves through the...

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Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero

Tongerlongeter: First Nations Leader and Tasmanian War Hero

Henry Reynolds, Nicholas Clements

In Tongerlongeter, acclaimed historians Henry Reynolds and Nicholas Clements retrieve one of Australia's greatest war heroes from historical obscurity.

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Truth-Telling

Truth-Telling

Henry Reynolds

If we are to take seriously the need for telling the truth about our history, we must start at first principles.     

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Black, White and Exempt

Black, White and Exempt

Lucinda Aberdeen, Jennifer Jones

These personal and often painful histories uncovered in archives, family stories and lived experiences reveal new perspectives on exemption.

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Rooted: An Australian history of bad language

Rooted: An Australian history of bad language

Dr Amanda Laugesen

From the defiant curses of the convicts and bullock drivers to the humour of Kath and Kim, Amanda Laugesen, director of the Australian National Dictionary Centre, takes us on a fascinating journey through the history of...

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Dark Emu

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians.    

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Culture is Life

Culture is Life

Wayne Quilliam

A contemporary photography book that celebrates and shares stories of First peoples across the continent.

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The Last Bushrangers

The Last Bushrangers

Mike Munro

The story of Australia's last bushranging gang - the murderous Kenniff gang

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A Concise History of Australia

A Concise History of Australia

Stuart Macintyre

The fifth edition of A Concise History of Australia brings together the long narrative of Australia's First Nations' peoples; the arrival of Europeans and the era of colonies, convicts, gold and free settlers; the foundation of a...

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Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers

Friends and Rivals: Four Great Australian Writers

Brenda Niall

The story of four remarkable women traversing the literary landscape of the late 19th and early 20th centuries in Australia, from one of our nation's most eminent historians.

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The Convent: A City finds its Heart

The Convent: A City finds its Heart

Stuart Kells

The Convent: A City Finds its Heart tells the story of a site's rich history and the efforts to preserve it. This is an uplifting tale of community activism.

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Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago

Meeting the Waylo: Aboriginal Encounters in the Archipelago

Tiffany Shellam

This book explores the experiences of Indigenous Australians who participated in Australian exploration enterprises in the early nineteenth century

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Women in Boots: Football and Feminism in the 1970s

Women in Boots: Football and Feminism in the 1970s

Marion Stell, Heather Reid

Who could imagine that finding a suitable pair of football boots would prove almost impossible for women and girls in the 1970s?  

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Blue Lake

Blue Lake

David Sornig

I'm here already, in the bleak, awful hour on Dudley Flats in which the final dereliction of Elsie Williams will come to pass. I'm beginning with it, so you won't be under any illusion as to how it ends.

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Pathfinders: A History of Aboriginal Trackers in NSW

Pathfinders: A History of Aboriginal Trackers in NSW

Michael Bennett

There are few Aboriginal icons in White Australia history.

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Bone and Beauty: The Ribbon Boys' Rebellion of 1830

Bone and Beauty: The Ribbon Boys' Rebellion of 1830

J. M. Thompson

Rich with detail, Bone and Beauty fuses archival evidence and narrative technique to tell the gripping story of the Ribbon Boys and their reputed leader Ralph Entwistle

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James Hardy Vaux's 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang

James Hardy Vaux’s 1819 Dictionary of Criminal Slang

Simon Barnard

From the award-winning author and illustrator Simon Barnard comes an embellished version of Australia's first ever dictionary, published on its 200-year anniversary

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Ten Rogues

Ten Rogues

Peter Grose

From the grim docks of nineteenth-century London to the even grimmer shores of the brutal penal colony of Norfolk Island, this is a roller-coaster tale. It has everything: defiance of authority, treachery, piracy and mutiny,...

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Colony

Colony

Cathy Leahy, Judith Ryan, Dr Isobel Crombie, Megan Patty

This is an essential exploration of Australia's complex colonial mindset: from the tragedies of a contested beginning to the conversations that allow us now to contemplate a better future.

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The Battle of Long Tan: The Company Commanders Story

The Battle of Long Tan: The Company Commanders Story

Harry Smith

On the afternoon of 18 August 1966, just five kilometres from the main Australian Task Force base at Nui Dat, a group of Viet Cong soldiers walked into the right flank of Delta Company, 6 RAR. 

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Australia's Original Languages: An Introduction

Australia’s Original Languages: An Introduction

R. M. W. Dixon

An introduction to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait languages that explains their distinctive features accessibly for readers who have no previous experience with learning another language, and shows how language reflects...

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Mad Dogs and Thunderbolts

Mad Dogs and Thunderbolts

Ben Pobjie

In Mad Dogs and Thunderbolts Ben Pobjie celebrates the derring-do and revolutionary passion of all the wild colonial boys and girls who raided our towns and stole our hearts, all while wearing sensible headgear.

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Bedlam at Botany Bay

Bedlam at Botany Bay

James Dunk

What happened when people went mad in the fledgling colony of New South Wales? In this important new history of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, we find out through the correspondence of tireless colonial...

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 Read reviewDeep Time Dreaming

Deep Time Dreaming

Billy Griffiths

'People would have known about Australia before they saw it. Smoke billowing above the sea spoke of a land that lay beyond the horizon. A dense cloud of migrating birds may have pointed the way. But the first Australians were...

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Australia's First Naturalists

Australia’s First Naturalists

Penny Olsen, Lynette Russell

Penny Olsen and Lynette Russell have gathered together Aboriginal peoples' contributions to demonstrate the crucial role they played in early Australian zoology. 

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We Are Here

We Are Here

Fiona Harari

These are the last adult witnesses - in their own words.

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The House

The House

Helen Pitt

The extraordinary story of the 20th century's most recognisable building, with new insights into the controversy and drama that surrounded its construction.

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The Sydney Wars

The Sydney Wars

Dr Stephen Gapps

The Sydney Wars tells the history of military engagements between Europeans and Aboriginal Australians - described as ‘this constant sort of war' by one early colonist - around the greater Sydney region.

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 Read reviewKiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Janine Burke and Helen Hughes (Eds.), Helen Hughes

How one woman helped shape the Australian art world.

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The Story of Australia's People: Volume 1

The Story of Australia’s People: Volume 1

Geoffrey Blainey

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Sludge: Disaster on Victoria's Goldfields

Sludge: Disaster on Victoria’s Goldfields

Susan Lawrence, Peter Davies

Everyone knows gold made Victoria rich. But did you know gold mining was disastrous for the land, drowning it in floods of sand, gravel and silt that gushed out of the mines? Or that this environmental devastation still affects...

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 Special priceDissent: The Student Press in 1960s Australia

Dissent: The Student Press in 1960s Australia

Sally Percival Wood

A passionate portrayal of Australia's social awakening - the people, the politics, and the power of the student press.

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Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia: Second Edition

Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia: Second Edition

Bill Arthur, Frances Morphy

The second edition of the bestselling Macquarie Atlas of Indigenous Australia, a unique tool for exploring and understanding the lives and cultures of Australia's First Peoples.

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