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Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia's Towns and Places

Where History Happened: The Hidden Past of Australia’s Towns and Places

Peter Spearritt

Where History Happened reveals the hidden past of some of Australia's most intriguing towns and places, from mining settlements and whaling stations to monuments and historic houses in our capital cities.    

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 Special priceYou Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

You Daughters Of Freedom: The Australians Who Won the Vote and Inspired the World

Clare Wright

For the ten years from 1902, when Australia's suffrage campaigners won the vote for white women, the world looked to this trailblazing young democracy for inspiration. Clare Wright's epic new history tells the story of...

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Endeavour: The ship and the attitude that changed the world

Endeavour: The ship and the attitude that changed the world

Peter Moore

Centred around Captain James Cook's first South Sea voyages (1768 - 1771) from a historian who leaves no stone unturned to discover the ship and the attitude that shaped the western world.

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Australian Heist

Australian Heist

James Phelps

Australia's Number 1 True Crime Writer on Australia's Greatest Gold Robbery.On 15 June 1862, a gang of bushrangers held up a gold escort at Eugowra, just east of Forbes, NSW. They escaped with a pile of cash and 77...

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This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited

This Whispering in Our Hearts Revisited

Henry Reynolds

Listening to the whispering in his own heart, Henry Reynolds was led into the lives of remarkable and largely forgotten white humanitarians who followed their consciences and challenged the prevailing attitudes to Indigenous...

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The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill

The Pacific: In the Wake of Captain Cook, with Sam Neill

Meaghan Wilson Anastasios

A rich, complex and engaging account of Cook's voyages across the Pacific, from actor and raconteur Sam Neill, in which Sam Neill retraces Cook's footsteps, in the 250th anniversary year of Cook's first voyage.

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Best We Forget: The War for White Australia 1914-18

Best We Forget: The War for White Australia 1914-18

Peter Cochrane

Best We Forget will challenge what you currently believe about twentieth-century Australian history

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Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

Blue Lake: Finding Dudley Flats and the West Melbourne Swamp

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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Captured Lives: Australia's Wartime Internment Camps

Captured Lives: Australia’s Wartime Internment Camps

Peter Monteath

Captured Lives peers behind the barbed wire veil that was drawn around people-both civilian internees and prisoners of war-deemed threats to Australia's security during the two world wars.

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The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

The Sydney Wars: Conflict in the early colony, 1788-1817

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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Monash's Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world

Monash’s Masterpiece: The battle of Le Hamel and the 93 minutes that changed the world

Peter FitzSimons

Peter FitzSimons brings the Allied triumph at the Battle of Le Hamel to life, and tells the magnificent story of the first modern battle as it should be told.

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Dark Emu (new edition)

Dark Emu (new edition)

Bruce Pascoe

Contradicts the conventional wisdom that native peoples were primitive hunter-gatherers

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Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Serving our Country: Indigenous Australians, War, Defence and Citizenship

Joan Beaumont, Allison Cadzow

After decades of silence, Serving Our Country is the first comprehensive history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people's participation in the Australian defence forces. This book reveals the courage, resilience and...

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 Read reviewDeep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

Deep Time Dreaming: Uncovering Ancient Australia

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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Convicted

Convicted

Peter Bradley

A unique history of Australia retold through the extraordinary lives of Peter Bradley's three ancestors: a father, son and grandson.      

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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.

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A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

A Coveted Possession: The Rise and Fall of the Piano in Australia

Michael Atherton

What has lived with us, entertained us, travelled with us and symbolised Australian aspirations, only to end up gathering dust or even at the tip? It's not the car, or the washing machine, or the sewing machine . . . it's the...

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The Fierce Country: True stories from Australia's unsettled heart, 1830 to today

The Fierce Country: True stories from Australia’s unsettled heart, 1830 to today

Stephen Orr

The open spaces and isolated places outside Australia's cities have unsettled us from first European settlement to today. In this nail-biting book combining the notorious and little-known, author Stephen Orr has collected true...

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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.

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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.

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The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

The Good Country: The Djadja Wurrung, The Settlers and the Protectors

Bain Attwood

In this superbly researched book Bain Attwood eschews the generalisations of national and colonial history to provide a finely grained local history of the......

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Melbourne's Queen Victoria Market

Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market

Tim Webster

This illustrated anthology of the oral histories of the Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne takes you behind the counters to reveal intimate views of the market's unique way of life. Drawn from more than a hundred and eighty...

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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...

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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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

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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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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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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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...

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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...

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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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 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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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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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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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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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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Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Aboriginal Australians: A History Since 1788

Richard Broome

'In this book Richard Broome has managed an enviable achievement. The vast sweeping story of Aboriginal Australia from 1788 is told in his typical lucid and imaginative style... ' Professor Lynette Russell, Centre for Australian...

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