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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...

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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.

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 Read reviewKiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Kiffy Rubbo: curating the 1970s

Janine Burke, Helen Hughes

How one woman helped shape the Australian art world.

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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...

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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...

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 Special pricePrivate Lives, Public History

Private Lives, Public History

Anna Clark

The past is consumed on a grand scale: popularised by television programs, enjoyed by reading groups, walking groups, historical societies and heritage tours, and supported by unprecedented digital access to archival records. Yet...

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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...

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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...

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 Special priceThe History of Australia in 100 Objects

The History of Australia in 100 Objects

Toby Creswell

The History of Australia in 100 Objects is a fresh, accessible take on Australian history. It explores both well- and little-known stories through the objects of the time and the people who made and owned them.<br...

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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...

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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.

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Where are Our Boys?: How Newsmaps Won the Great War

Where are Our Boys?: How Newsmaps Won the Great War

Martin Woods

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...

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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...

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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.

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 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.  

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 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...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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

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

David Horner

With unprecedented access to their hitherto sealed records, this is the first volume of a remarkable official history of ASIO - a revealing and authoritative account of the early years of Australia's national security intelligence...

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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...

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 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...

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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...

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Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia's Female Publicans

Beyond the Ladies Lounge: Australia’s Female Publicans

Clare Wright

Clare Wright's award-winning research challenges the myth that the Australian pub is a male domain, revealing the enduring and dynamic presence of female publicans behind the bar. Wright takes the reader on a pub crawl through...

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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 precolonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using...

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The Dismissal Dossier

The Dismissal Dossier

Jenny Hocking

Here is the definitive story of the most divisive episode in Australia's history-the dismissal of Gough Whitlam's government. 

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 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...

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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...

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 Special priceThe Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

The Gold Rush: The Fever That Forever Changed Australia

David Hill

David Hill relates the extraordinary people and staggering events of Australia's great gold - rush years. From the mid - to late - 1800s, people from all corners of the globe and all walks of life, including two future prime...

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Every Hill Got A Story

Every Hill Got A Story

Central Land Council

Nyinanyi ngurangka - being on country - is not a ‘lifestyle choice' but a hard-won right, a spiritual and cultural duty, a constant battle, a source of happiness and opportunity and the meaning of life all at the same time.

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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.

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