Australian history books

John Curtin: The Coming of War in the Pacific, and Reinventing Australia

John Curtin: The Coming of War in the Pacific, and Reinventing Australia

John Edwards

Volume one of a major new biography of arguably our greatest (and one of our most underrated) Prime Ministers, who shaped modern Australia.

$49.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

We Are Here: Talking with Australia's Oldest Holocaust Survivors

We Are Here: Talking with Australia’s Oldest Holocaust Survivors

Fiona Harari

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

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Dissent: 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.

$32.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Aboriginal Victorians: A History Since 1800

Aboriginal Victorians: A History Since 1800

Richard Broome

Early settlers saw Victoria and its rolling grasslands as Australia felix happy south land a prize left for Englishmen by God. However, for its original inhabitants this country was home and life, not to be relinquished without a...

$39.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Cold War Games: Spies, Subterfuge and Secret Operations at the 1956 Olympic Games

Cold War Games: Spies, Subterfuge and Secret Operations at the 1956 Olympic Games

Harry Blutstein

Cold War Games shows vividly how the USSR and US exploited the Melbourne Olympic Games for propaganda, turning athletic fields, swimming pools and other sporting venues into battlefields in which each fought for supremacy.

$32.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

From the Edge: Australia's Lost Histories

From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories

Mark McKenna

Offers an imaginative and original new telling of modern Australia through the history and stories of ten places, all revisited and explained by award-winning author and historian Mark McKenna, including Sydney Cove, Port...

$34.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Pentridge: Voices from the Other Side

Pentridge: Voices from the Other Side

Rupert Mann

Members of the last generation of inmates and staff return to the now-forgotten prison to tell the true and brutal story of Pentridge before developers bury it forever.

$49.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island

Unearthed: The Aboriginal Tasmanians of Kangaroo Island

Rebe Taylor

This new, revised and updated edition of this wonderful book that won the SA Premier's award for non-fiction, and the Victorian Premier's award. This new edition also reveals previously disguised names.

$34.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Those Wild Rabbits: How they shaped Australia

Those Wild Rabbits: How they shaped Australia

Bruce Munday

Those Wild Rabbits highlights not only the damage done by rabbits but also Australia's missed opportunities for real rabbit control. It recognises the bush's paradoxical love affair with an animal that was at one time a...

$39.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Bitter Fruit

Bitter Fruit

Graham Stewart Michael

Bitter Fruit is a brand new title from Michael Graham-Stewart, showcasing a collection of early photographs, many previously unpublished, focusing on Indigenous Australians

$110.00Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Little History of Australian Unionism

The Little History of Australian Unionism

Sean Scalmer

This book asks how might the future of unionism unfold? And emphasises the vitality of combination, the longevity of struggle, and the cycle of advance. As workers today fight their own, urgent battles, it is in these struggles...

$4.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

How the West was One: Memoirs of Melbourne's Western Suburbs

How the West was One: Memoirs of Melbourne’s Western Suburbs

Sue O'Brien, Karyn Howie, Rob Sitch

How the West was One is a collection of stories from prominent Australians who grew up in Melbourne's western suburbs. Memoir at its best, these yarns capture what it was like to live in suburbs like Footscray, Seddon,...

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Skin Deep: Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Skin Deep: Settler Impressions of Aboriginal Women

Liz Conor

Skin Deep looks at the preoccupations of European-Australians in their encounters with Aboriginal women and the tropes, types and perceptions that seeped into everyday settler-colonial thinking.Early erroneous...

$50.00Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Vanished Land: Disappearing dynasties of Victoria's Western District

The Vanished Land: Disappearing dynasties of Victoria’s Western District

Richard Zachariah

The Vanished Land is the Western District of Victoria stripped of its identity, its social elite of grazing dynasties departed for their own reasons. The melancholic exodus has increased recently as the myriad pressures of holding...

$34.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia

The Battle Within: POWs in postwar Australia

Christina Twomey

Follows the stories of 15,000 Australian prisoners of war from the moment they were released by the Japanese at the end of World War II. Their struggle to rehabilitate themselves and to win compensation and acknowledgement from...

$39.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

The Catch: The Story of Fishing in Australia

Anna Clark

In every coastal town in Australia, there's a bait shop and a boat ramp, and, in garages around the country, fishing rods are strung up waiting for their next outing. Many of us have a special fishing spot, and families pass on...

$39.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Barak vs The Black Hats of Melbourne: The untold story of how the Black Hats destroyed Coranderrk

Barak vs The Black Hats of Melbourne: The untold story of how the Black Hats destroyed Coranderrk

Mick Woiwod

Most Victorians would agree that, yes, European settlement had indeed removed the Wurundjeri from their hunting grounds in the Yarra Valley in the first instance, but surely not from their very last acre later on in 1924.<br...

$34.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Code Breakers: Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australia's Two Bletchley Parks

Code Breakers: Inside the Shadow World of Signals Intelligence in Australia’s Two Bletchley Parks

Craig Collie

The extraordinary untold story of the brilliant men and women who cracked the Japanese codes from Australia during World War II.

$32.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewKiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Janine Burke, Helen Hughes

How one woman helped shape the Australian art world.

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story

Dr Elizabeth Tynan

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...

$34.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-Off

A Handful of Sand: The Gurindji Struggle, After the Walk-Off

Charlie Ward

Fifty years ago, a group of striking Aboriginal stockmen in the remote Northern Territory of Australia herald a revolution in the cattle industry and a massive shift in Aboriginal affairs. A Handful of Sand tells the story behind...

$29.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945

Defending Country: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service since 1945

Richard Trembath, Noah Jed Riseman

Few Australians realise the extent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation in the military. Many enlisted before they had the right to vote, to drink alcohol or even to receive equal wages. Defending Country is the...

$34.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85

Dig: Australian Rock and Pop Music, 1960-85

David Nichols, Dave Graney

A comprehensive and highly readable history of the first quarter-century of Australian rock and pop music, this book will appeal to everyone with more than a passing interest in rock 'n' roll. Those whose knowledge of Australian...

$49.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Moss Cass and the Greening of the Australian Labor Party

Moss Cass and the Greening of the Australian Labor Party

Moss Cass, Vivian Encel, Anthony O' Donnell

In 1972, Dr Moss Cass found himself minister responsible for Australias first Department of Environment and Conservation in Gough Whitlams newly elected Labor government. Long-haired, bearded, unapologetically a champion of...

$39.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

What do We Want?: The Story of Protest in Australia

What do We Want?: The Story of Protest in Australia

Clive Hamilton

In What Do We Want? Clive Hamilton explores the colourful, enthralling and stirring forms of protest used in the big social movements that define modern Australia.He includes dedicated chapters on the peace...

$39.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Grog: A Bottled History of Australia's First 30 Years

Grog: A Bottled History of Australia’s First 30 Years

Tom Gilling

The story of grog is the story of Australia. This is how it all began.

$32.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Melbourne Street Life

Melbourne Street Life

Andrew J. May

Ugo Catani's A Summer Shower in Collins Street, 1889, sets the scene for Andrew May's invitation to walk the streets of Melbourne, imagine the everyday past, and see the urban landscape with new eyes.For the author, as...

$39.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

High Seas and High Teas: Voyaging to Australia

High Seas and High Teas: Voyaging to Australia

Roslyn Russell, Kerry O'Brien

‘The rats I frighten away by throwing books or anything hard at the spot at which they commence their gnawing.'Emigrant Janet Ronald wrote this in the journal she kept on board one of the ships transporting free...

$44.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

Rattling Spears: A History of Indigenous Australian Art

Ian McLean

Superbly illustrated, and rich in detail and critical analysis, this book provides the first full historical account of Indigenous Australian art and shows that there is much more to the art than large colourful canvasses.

$59.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewGirt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia

Girt: The Unauthorised History Of Australia

David Hunt

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...

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewTrue Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

True Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia

David Hunt

First there was Girt. Now comes... True Girt.  

$32.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia

The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia

Frank Bongiorno

It was the era of Hawke and Keating, Kylie and INXS, the America's Cup and the Bicentenary. It was perhaps the most controversial decade in Australian history, with high-flying entrepreneurs booming and busting, torrid debates...

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka

Clare Wright

Ten years in the research and writing, inimitably bold, entertaining and irreverent in style, Clare Wright's The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat-women who made Eureka a story for...

$34.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Story of Australia's People Volume II

The Story of Australia’s People Volume II

Geoffrey Blainey

In Volume II of The Story of Australia's People, Geoffrey Blainey continues his account of the history of this country from the early Gold Rush to the present day, completing the story of our nation and its people.<br...

$49.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Story of Australia's People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia

The Story of Australia’s People Volume 1: The Rise and Fall of Ancient Australia

Geoffrey Blainey

The vast, ancient land of Australia was settled in two main streams, far apart in time and origin. The first stream of immigrants came ashore some 50,000 years ago when the islands of Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea were one....

$49.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Finding Eliza: Power and Colonial Storytelling

Larissa Behrendt

A vital Aboriginal perspective on colonial storytelling Indigenous lawyer and writer Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the local Butchulla people after she was...

$24.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Read reviewForgotten War

Forgotten War

Henry Reynolds

Australia is dotted with memorials to soldiers who fought in wars overseas. Why are there no official memorials or commemorations of the wars that were fought on Australian soil between Aborigines and white colonists? Why is it...

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Dark Emu

Dark Emu

Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using...

$35.00Buy now

Finding stock availability...

 Special priceMelbourne

Melbourne

Sophie Cunningham

Sophie Cunningham writes a year in the city's life, a year that takes us from the heatwave that culminated on Black Saturday when temperatures soared to 47 degrees to the destructive deluge of a hailstorm. She walks through...

$29.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne

Bearbrass: Imagining Early Melbourne

Robyn Annear

'Just a little way down Collins Street, beside Henry Buck's, is a perpetually dark but sheltered laneway called Equitable Place. Here you'll find a number of places to eat and drink. Settle yourself in the window of one, shut your...

$19.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Yarra: The History of Melbourne's Murky River

Yarra: The History of Melbourne’s Murky River

Kristin Otto

Kristin Otto has produced a moving and surprising exploration of the history and meaning of Melbourne's Yarra river and those who have lived and worked on it. Yarra celebrates a river that has inspired and sustained generations.

$24.95Buy now

Finding stock availability...

The Spy Catchers: The Official History of Asio, 1949-1963

The Spy Catchers: The Official History of Asio, 1949-1963

David Horner

For the first time, ASIO has opened its archives to an independent historian. With unfettered access to the records, David Horner tells the real story of Australia's domestic intelligence organisation, from shaky beginnings to the...

$34.99Buy now

Finding stock availability...

Don’t see anything you like? Search our catalogue of over a million books.