Publications

The Murranji Track

Author/editor: Darrell Lewis

Year published: 2007

The Murranji - a waterhole, a region, a track - a legend. Although only 240 kilometres long, of all the hard stockroutes in Australia the Murranji Track gained one of the fiercest reputations. The story of the Murranji Track is a story of determiantion in the face of neglect and indifference. For...

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Transgressions: critical Australian Indigenous histories

Transgressions: critical Australian Indigenous histories

Author/editor: Ingereth Macfarlane

Year published: 2007

This volume brings together an innovative set of readings of complex interactions between Australian Aboriginal people and colonisers. The underlying theme is that of 'transgression', and Michel Foucault's account of the necessary dynamic that exists between transgression and limit. We know what...

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Alex Prentice Sewell (1909-2003) Author and Philanthropist

Alex Prentice Sewell (1909-2003) Author and Philanthropist

Author/editor: Dr Samuel Furphy

Year published: 2006

When walking around Alex Prentice Sewell's property 'Teamsters' Hill' in Toolangi, one regularly encounters a poem inscribed in wood, stone or metal. A small plaque is fixed to a bridge over a fish pond in the beautiful garden behind the house; it displays a poem, which in four lines conveys a...

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Australian Ghost Towns

Australian Ghost Towns

Author/editor: Barry McGowan

Year published: 2006

Australian history and landscape are littered with the half-buried remains of towns that once thrived. Tumbledown ruins, silent streets and empty windows remain as testaments to the pioneering spirit of a bold settler society, a spirit that sometimes faltered under the onslaught of changed...

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Botany Bay: Where histories meet

Botany Bay: Where histories meet

Author/editor: Dr Maria Nugent

Year published: 2006

Botany Bay is renowned as the site of Captain Cook's first landing on the east coast of New Holland in 1770, infamous as the place chosen by the British as a dumping ground for convicts, and celebrated as the birthplace of Australia. In this remarkable history, Maria Nugent takes her readers on a...

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Changing Ways of Death in Twentieth Century Australia: War, Medicine and the Funeral Business

Changing Ways of Death in Twentieth Century Australia: War, Medicine and the Funeral Business

Author/editor: Professor Pat Jalland

Year published: 2006

Death and bereavement come to us all. This is the first book to help us explain and understand their history across twentieth-century Australia. It draws aside the veil of silence that surrounded death for fifty years after 1918 - characterised by denial, minimal ritual and private sorrow - and...

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Exchanging Histories

Exchanging Histories

Author/editor: Professor Ann McGrath

Year published: 2006

Since WEH Stanner drew attention to the prevailing 'Great Australian Silence' in the late 1960s, it has been the subject of much historical commotion. Indeed, many non-Indigenous historians have been so focussed upon revising and interpreting the Indigenous 'silences' of the official archival...

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Fools Gold: Myths & Legends of Australian Gold Seeking in Australia

Fools Gold: Myths & Legends of Australian Gold Seeking in Australia

Author/editor: Barry McGowan

Year published: 2006

There is a 'library' of books about Lasseter's Reef written by believers and non-believers and an incredible number of newspaper and magazine articles. The interest is timeless; it is spoken about and debated constantly and there is always someone with a new theory and angle. Canberra based author...

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Gender and Empire

Gender and Empire

Author/editor: Professor Angela Woollacott

Year published: 2006

One of the first single-authored books to survey the role of sex and gender in the 'new imperial history', Gender and Empire covers the whole British Empire, demonstrating connections and comparisons between the white-settler colonies, and the colonies of exploitation and rule. Through key topics...

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Kin: A collective biography of a New Zealand working-class family

Kin: A collective biography of a New Zealand working-class family

Author/editor: Professor Melanie Nolan

Year published: 2006

This book considers the issue of typicality in biography. Biography is the single largest genre of history written, published and read. Yet what can a study of the one tell us about the many? Biographers often acknowledge the tension in selecting the 'obviously significant' subject rather than one...

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