Publications

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief: Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery

Author/editor: Department publications

Year published: 2015

1860. An Aboriginal labourer named Jim Crow is led to the scaffold of the Maitland Goal in colonial New South Wales. Among the onlookers is the Scotsman AS Hamilton, who will take bizarre steps in the aftermath of the execution to exhume this young man's skull. Hamilton is a lecturer who travels...

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A History of Canberra

A History of Canberra

Author/editor: Dr Nicholas Brown

Year published: 2014

Designed as an 'ideal city' and emblen of the nation, Canberra has long been a source of ambivalence for many Australians. In this charming and concise book, Nicholas Brown challenges these ideas and looks beyond the cliches to illuminate the unique, layered and often colourful history of Australia...

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Henry Prinsep’s Empire: Framing a distant colony

Henry Prinsep’s Empire: Framing a distant colony

Author/editor: Dr Malcom Allbrook

Year published: 2014

Henry Prinsep is known as Western Australia's first Chief Protector of Aborigines in the colonoial government of Sir John Forrest, a period which saw the introduction of oppressive laws that dominated the lives of Aboriginal people for most of the twentieth century. But he was also an artist, horse...

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In the Eye of the Beholder

In the Eye of the Beholder

Author/editor: Dr Barbara Dawson

Year published: 2014

This book offers a fresh perspective in the debate on settler perceptions of Indigenous Australians. It draws together a suite of little known colonial women (apart from Eliza Fraser) and investigates their writings for what they reveal about their attitudes to, views on and beliefs about...

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Labour and the Great War: The Australian Working Class and the Making of Anzac

Labour and the Great War: The Australian Working Class and the Making of Anzac

Author/editor: Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno

Year published: 2014

The working class was present at the birth of Anzac. The labour movement was present at the birth of Anzac Day. This volume explores how workers, unionists and Labor politicians engaged with the meaning and legacy of the Great War both during the conflict and in the decades that followed. "You...

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A New Idea Each Morning

A New Idea Each Morning

Author/editor: Wendy Way

Year published: 2013

In the years between the two world wars of thetwentieth centry leaders in Western countries worried about a food surplus. The hardships of the Great Depression were intensified by a glut of wheat and cnsequent low prices on the world market. Yet at the same time nutrition scientists protested that...

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Edward M. Curr and the Tide of History

Edward M. Curr and the Tide of History

Author/editor: Dr Samuel Furphy

Year published: 2013

Edward M. Curr (1820-89) was a pastoralist, horse trader, stock inspector, Aboriginal administrator, author and ethnologist. A prominent figure in the history of the Colony of Victoria, he rose to a senior position in the public service and authored several influential books and essays. He is best...

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Historia Zywnosci (Original Title: How Food Made History)

Historia Zywnosci (Original Title: How Food Made History)

Author/editor: Professor Barry Higman

Year published: 2013

Food is at the center of life, and as such, it is a vital driver of cultural and political development. It is only recently that some societies gave started to enjoy food security and year-long abundance. By asking why we choose to eat what we eat, How Food Made History examines how this transition...

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Inspiring Australian women

Inspiring Australian women

Author/editor: Kathryn Spurling

Year published: 2013

This landmark book profiles six of Australia's most inspiring women, each a leader and trailblazer in their own right. From the basketball courts of seattle Washington, to the operating theatres of a Perth Hospital, through the corridors of power in Canberra and to the stages of the world via a...

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Progressives at War: William G McAdoo and Newton D Baker, 1863-1941

Progressives at War: William G McAdoo and Newton D Baker, 1863-1941

Author/editor: Dr Douglas Craig

Year published: 2013

In this dual biography, Douglas B Craig examines the careers of two prominent American public figures, Newton Diehl Baker and William Gibbs McAdoo, whose lives spanned the era between the Civil War and World War II. Both Baker and McAdoo migrated from the south to northern industrial cities and...

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