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A Biography of Henry Black: Theatre in Japan

A Biography of Henry Black: Theatre in Japan

Ian McArthur

Unique among foreigners in 19th-century Japan, Australian-born professional storyteller (rakugoka) Henry Black (1858-1923) enthralled audiences with his adaptations of novels by Charles Dickens, Mary Braddon, and Fortua de...

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Circus and Stage: The Theatrical Adventures of Rose Edouin and G. B. W. Lewis

Circus and Stage: The Theatrical Adventures of Rose Edouin and G. B. W. Lewis

Mimi Colligan

Rose Edouin née Bryer and her husband, entrepreneur and circus performer George Benjamin William Lewis rarely receive much attention in the history of Australian theatre. This book provides a fascinating insight into the...

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Latrobe Journal La Trobe

Latrobe Journal La Trobe

State Library Of Victoria Foundation

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Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed through Typography

Characters: Cultural Stories Revealed through Typography

Stephen Banham, Rick Poynor

Type and signage are part of our daily lives and the history of whichever city we happen to live in. This book reveals how typography is a form of cultural expression, redefining the way we look at our surroundings. From...

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Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

Burke & Wills: the Scientific Legacy of the Victorian Exploring Expedition

E. B. Joyce, D. A. McCann

Reveals for the first time the true extent and limits of the scientific achievements of the Burke and Wills Expedition.

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JJ Clark: Architect of the Australian Renaissance

JJ Clark: Architect of the Australian Renaissance

Andrew Dodd

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The Matrix

The Matrix

Bruno Leti, Anne Kirker, Chris Wallace-Crabbe

As Professor Sasha Grishin writes: The artist, the print and the matrix sounds more like a title for a Peter Greenaway film than a title for an essay on the art of Bruno Leti.

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The Garden Of Ideas

The Garden Of Ideas

Richard Aitken

An inspiring and engaging story of Australian garden design. From the imaginings of emigrant garden-makers of the late-eighteenth century to the concerns of twenty-first-century gardeners, this book charts its way across four...

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Australia Through a Woman's Eyes

Australia Through a Woman’s Eyes

Ann Standish

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Indigenous Victorians: Repressed, Resourceful and Respected

Indigenous Victorians: Repressed, Resourceful and Respected

Lynette Russell, John Arnold

Provides a major contribution to the understanding and appreciation of the lives and aspirations of Victorian Aborigines and their interaction with white Australians from the beginnings of European settlement to the present day.

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Capital: Melbourne When It Was the Capital City of Australia 1901-27

Capital: Melbourne When It Was the Capital City of Australia 1901-27

Kristin Otto

In 1901, the Australian colonies came together to form a new nation which, for the next 26 years, was governed from Melbourne. And this overgrown town, in all but name the nation's capital, oversaw the birth of modern Australia....

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Treasures of the State Library of Victoria

Treasures of the State Library of Victoria

Bev Roberts

Published to celebrate the library's 150th anniversary in 2004, this book encourages readers to discover the nature of life in Victoria since the time of first contact between Aboriginal and European culture.

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 Special priceYour Most Obedient Servant

Your Most Obedient Servant

Patrick Morgan

Spanning more than 60 years, this selection of letters to friends and members of the public reveals a person more subtle in his views than his adamantine public persona would suggest. This book is a rare glimpse into a mind that...

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The Chinawoman

The Chinawoman

Ken Oldis

The horrific murder of the Chinawoman, an English prostitute with a clientele of wealthy Chinese, is followed by the duplicity of police, politicians and Chinese leaders whose machinations in the midst of anti-Chinese ferment...

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Running the Show: B.A. Santamaria Selected Documents 1939-1996

Running the Show: B.A. Santamaria Selected Documents 1939-1996

Patrick Morgan

B.A. Santamaria was a political activist and traditionalist Catholic layman, an important figure in one of the key political events in Australia history, the disastrous 1954 split in the ALP. Santamaria produced many working...

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Bottersnikes And Other Lost Things

Bottersnikes And Other Lost Things

Juliet O'Conor

Exploring such things from schooldays to fantasy worlds, from its nineteenth century beginnings to the twenty-first century, this book offers ways of seeing the Australian child's literary history. It illuminates the icons of...

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