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The Antarctic Voyage of HMAS Wyatt Earp
by Phillip Law
A support ship for Lincoln Ellsworth's attempt to fly across the Antarctic continent in the 1930's, the Wyatt Earp was named by the American adventurer for his childhood hero.  In 1946, at the instigation of Sir Douglas Mawson, the ship was refitted for Antarctic exploration by the Australian Government. On its first ANARE expedition it encountered a force ten gale which did little to disperse the tiny ship's reputation for being able to roll violently on wet grass!
Adapted from antdiv.gov.au
Hardcover: 152 pages
Allen & Unwin; ISBN: 1863738037; 
 
At Home in Australia
At Home in Australia
by Peter Conrad
Book Description: Peter Conrad is one of the most gifted writers of our time. Whether exploring the history of opera (A Song of Love and Death), the essence of a movie director (The Hitchcock Murders), or the twentieth-century relationship between art and life (Modern Times, Modern Places), he has dazzled audiences for nearly thirty-five years since he left his native Australia for a life spent mainly in Oxford, London, Lisbon, and New York. 
In this new book, Conrad tells the story of what Australia—the people, the bush, the desert, the cities—used to be like, and what it has now become. He uses all his special gifts of making us feel that the particular, in this case a country far from the horizons of most of us, is nevertheless of intense personal concern. 

The settlement of Australia coincided with the invention of photography, and Conrad's brilliant word-pictures of the hot, aromatic, cicada-loud landscape are woven around 200 images. The camera recorded the clearance of the bush and the construction of huts for homesteaders, documented the exploration of the uninhabitable outback, and accompanied the building of new cities, bravely determined to look European despite their geographical position. 

This many-layered story depicts the making and remaking of Australia: a social history extending from the trials of the frontier to the hedonistic urban society of the present day; a psychological history describing how the mob gradually permitted individuals to challenge the country's inherited values; and a cultural history that begins with the harsh, arid earth and shows how stark reality is transformed into art. It is a book about memory of home and our lifelong homesickness, about the way we construct fictions, license lies, make room for Utopia, or express and suppress desire and hostility about our family albums of self and nation. 200 illustrations. 
Hardcover from Thames & Hudson

 
Australian Genesis : Jewish Convicts and Settlers 1788-1860
by John S. Levi, G. F. J. Bergman
Melbourne Univ Pr
Hardcover (November )

Jonestown: The Power and the Myth of Alan Jones
by Chris Masters
Listed under Alan Jones

Baudin in Australian Waters: The Art Work of the French Voyage of Discovering to the Southern Lands, 1800-1804
by Jacqueline Bonnemains (Editor), et al
(Hardcover - April 1991)

Before the First Fleet : The European Discovery of Australia 1606-1777
by John Kenny
Kangaroo Press
Hardcover - 184 pages 

Blue China : Single Female Migration to Colonial Australia
by Jan Gothard
"Women are like blue china: beautiful and fragile, but worthless once damaged or broken." -Unidentified Canadian emigrationist, writing in the 1890s.
Between 1860 and 1900, nearly 100,000 single working-class women emigrated from Britain to the Australian colonies. Amazon.com
Melbourne Univ Pr
Hardcover 

The Cartographic Eye : How Explorers Saw Australia
by Simon Ryan
Paperback - 256 pages (December )
Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); ISBN: 0521577918

A Concise History of Australia
by Stuart MacIntyre
Paperback - 272 pages 0 edition 
Cambridge University Press; ISBN: 0521625777

Conrad Martens on the Beagle and in Australia
by Susanna De Vries
Listed under Australian Art

David Collins: A Colonial Life
by John E. B. Currey
Melbourne Univ Pr
Hardcover - 336 pages (November 1, )

Depraved and Disorderly : Female Convicts, Sexuality and Gender in Colonial Australia
by Joy Damousi
Paperback - 232 pages 
Cambridge Univ Pr (Pap Txt); ISBN: 0521587239

The Dig Tree: The Story of Bravery/Insanity/the Race to Discover Australia's Wild Frontier
by Sarah P. Murgatroyd
Book Description: The harrowing true story of the Burke and Willis expedition team who took on the Australian wilds 150 years ago--and lost.

They departed Melbourne's Royal Park in the summer of 1860, a misfit party of eighteen amateur explorers cheered on by thousands of well-wishers. Their mission: to chart a course across the vast unmapped interior of Australia, from Melbourne to the northern coast. Months later, only one man returned alive--with tales of heroism, hardships, and lost opportunities that were by turns terrifying and darkly comic.

Drawing its title from one of the few remaining traces of the expedition, The Dig Tree combines the danger of Sebastian Junger with the irony of Bill Bryson to relive the tragic journey of these completely initiated adventurers. The cast of characters includes the expedition leader; a reckless, charming Irish policeman known for getting lost on his way home from the pub; an eccentric nature enthusiast from Germany; an alcoholic camel handler; and a rogue American horse-breaker who is just in it for the money. For nine harrowing months, their quest for glory shifts from idiocy to perseverance and then inexorably toward tragedy. The nightmare culminates in a last haunting message left behind a group of desperate and dying men--the word DIG carved into what is now Australia's most famous tree.

The Dig Tree follows this compelling journey through a forgotten corner of history to examine a daring expedition that came unbelievably close to success only to let it slip away.
Hardcover: 304 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.17 x 8.50 x 5.82
Publisher: Broadway Books; (September 10, )
ISBN: 0767908287

The History of Australia: (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations)
by Frank G. Clarke
(Textbook Binding)

Historical Dictionary of Sydney
by Arthur Emerson
Rowman & Littlefield
Hardcover - 504 pages (August 15, )
 
The Floating Brothel : The Extraordinary True Story of an Eighteenth-Century Ship and Its Cargo of Female Convicts
by Sian Rees
A rollicking yarn based on the journals of the Ship's Steward aboard the Lady Julian which transported a shipload of women to the shores of Botany Bay in 1790. Db.
Hardcover - 236 pages 1 Ed edition (March )
Hyperion; ISBN: 0786867876
 
Batavia's Graveyard : The True Story of the Mad Heretic Who Led History's Bloodiest Mutiny
by Mike Dash
In 1629, the Dutch merchantman Batavia grounded on a desolate atoll near Western Australia. Of the 200 survivors, 115 were subsequently murdered, in coldest blood, by a group of the ship's sailors and their psychopathic leader, Jeronimus Corneliszoon. Batavia's Graveyard is Mike Dash's unnerving, measured account of the incident. The victims included children, babies, and pregnant women; the crimes took place over a period of several months. Though the killings make a substantial, chilling tale in themselves, Dash adroitly places the shocking spree in larger context with illuminating discussions of 17th century medical practices, religious heresy, global politics, and shipboard sociology and daily life. Additionally, he draws dozens of portraits of the participants in this ghastly drama, most fascinatingly that of Corneliszoon, who emerges as a grotesquely charismatic predecessor of the likes of Charles Manson and Ted Bundy. Batavia's Graveyard, a skillful melding of accessible scholarship and evenhanded narrative and of overview and telling detail, is a welcome achievement. --H. O'Billovitch - Amazon.com
Hardcover - 398 pages 1 Ed edition (February 12, )
Crown Pub; ISBN: 0609607669
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Journal of the Central Australian Expedition 1844-5
by Charles Sturt
(Hardcover - December 1984)

Joseph Banks : A Life
by Patrick O'Brian
Listed under Captain James Cook
 
The Fatal Shore : The Epic of Australia's Founding
by Robert Hughes
Amazon.com writes "An extraordinary volume - even a masterpiece - about the early history of Australia that reads like the finest of novels. Hughes captures everything in this complex tableau with narrative finesse that drives the reader ever-deeper into specific facts and greater understanding. He presents compassionate understanding of the plights of colonists - both freemen and convicts - and the Aboriginal peoples they displaced. One of the very best works of history I have ever read."
 
The Future Eaters : An Ecological History of the Australasian Lands and People
by Tim F. Flannery
Paperback 
George Braziller; ISBN: 0807614033

H.M. Bark Endeavour
by Ray Parkin
Listed under Captain James Cook

Too Soon Too Late : History in Popular Culture (Theories of Contemporary Culture, V. 22)
by Meaghn Morris, Meaghan Morris
Paperback - 352 pages 
Indiana Univ Pr; ISBN: 0253211883

With Byrd at the Bottom of the World : The South Pole Expedition of 1928-1930
by Norman D. Vaughan, Cecil B. Murphey (Contributor)
Listed under Antarctica
 
 

Delano's Voyages of Commerce and Discovery : Amasa Delano in China, the Pacific Islands, Australia, and South America, 1789-1807
(American Classics)
Paperback: 464 pages
Berkshire House Pub; ISBN: 0936399562; Reprint edition

Australia : A Cultural History (The Present and the Past)
by John Rickard
Paperback - 366 pages 2nd edition 
Addison Wesley Pub Co; ISBN: 0582276055

True History of the Kelly Gang
by Peter Carey
(Hardcover)

The Furthest Shore : Images of Terra Australis from the Middle Ages to Captain Cook
by William Eisler
(Hardcover)

Voyages of Discovery : Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific
by Lynne Withey
Listed under Captain Cook
 
 
 
 


A Natural History of Australia
by Tim M. Berra

Hardcover - 256 pages
Academic Pr; ISBN: 0120931559

Taming the Great South Land : A History of the Conquest of Nature in Australia
by William J. Lines (Afterword)
Univ of Georgia Pr
Paperback - 384 pages (April )

Percy Grainger
by John Bird
Listed under Percy Grainger

Mr. Darwin's Shooter
by Roger McDonald
A novel based on the diaries of Syms Covington who accompanied Darwin on the Beagle. Highly praised.
Listed under Charles Darwin

A History of Death in Australia 1840-1918
by Patricia Jalland
Oxford University Press
Hardcover 

Ill-Starred Captains : Flinders and Baudin
by Anthony J. Brown, Tim Flannery
Stackpole Books
Hardcover - 512 pages 

From the Frontier : Outback Letters to Baldwin Spencer
by John Mulvaney, et al
A collection of lively letters which provide insights into and details of race relations, social history, and the dawn of anthropological and biological interest in central Australia in the nineteenth century. Amazon.com
Allen & Unwin
Paperback 

The Irish in Australia : 1788 to the Present
by Patrick James O'Farrell
Univ of Notre Dame Pr
Paperback - 372 pages 

Edge of the Diaspora : Two Centuries of Jewish Settlement in Australia
by Suzanne D. Rutland
Holmes & Meier Publishers, Inc.
Hardcover
2nd Rev edition

Claiming a Continent : A New History of Australia
by David Day
A new and updated edition of David Day's exciting general history of Australia to the present day. By placing race at the center of the Australian story and linking it to a broader narrative of possession, dispossession and proprietorship, David Day's book is an important and timely look at what has... Amazon.com
Harpercollins Australia
Paperback - 448 pages (December )

To Try Her Fortune in London : Australian Women, Colonialism, and Modernity
by Angela Woollacott
Oxford University Press
Paperback 
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Oxford Companion to Australian History
by Graeme Davison (Editor), et al
Oxford University Press
Hardcover
Revised edition (December )

What Happened When : A Chronology of Australia from 1788
by Anthony Barker
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - 520 pages 

A History of the Australian Environment Movement
by Drew Hutton, Libby Connors
(Hardcover)

The Future Eaters: An Ecological History of the Australian Lands and People
by Tim Flannery
(Paperback)

Margot Fonteyn
Listed under Ballet

Evatt : A Life
by Peter Crockett
"Doc" Evatt was charismatic leader of the Australian Labour Party for many of the wilderness years.
Oxford Univ Pr Hardcover (April )
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Ferdinand Bauer: The Australian Natural History Drawings
by Marlene J. Norst
(Paperback)
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Charles Kingsford Smith : The World's Greatest Aviator
by Pedr Davis
Listed Under Pioneers of Aviation

From Hudson Bay to Botany Bay : The Lost Frigates of Laperouse
Russell C. Shelton / Published 1987
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The Convicts of the 'Eleanor' : Protest in Rural England, New Lives in Australia
by David Kent, Norma Townsend
This book focuses on the men of the convict transport Eleanor, who arrived in NSW in 1831. They were all from the counties of Berkshire, Dorset, Hampshire and Wiltshire and were transported for their part in the Swing riots-the great agricultural protest of 1830-31. Amazon.com
Merlin Pr
Hardcover (December )
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100 Years : The Australian Story
by Paul Kelly
Allen & Unwin
Paperback - 296 pages 
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Oxford History of Australia (Vol 1)
by Geoffrey Curgenven Bolton (Editor)
(Hardcover)
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Living With the Aftermath : Trauma, Nostalgia and Grief in Post-War Australia
by Joy Damousi
Cambridge Univ Pr (Short)
Paperback (March )
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Fallout : Hedley Martson and the Atomic Bomb Tests in Australia
by Roger Cross
Wakefield Press
Paperback - 224 pages 
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Charles Darwin in Western Australia : A Young Scientist's Perception of an Environment (Western Australian Experience Series)
by Patrick Armstrong
(Paperback - February 1986)
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Green Mountains
Bernard O'Rielly
The wreck of the Stinson in the border ranges and the remarkable efforts of a bushman in finding and rescuing the survivors.
W.R. Smith & Paterson (1952 or earlier)
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Sydney Kidman
An more authoritative biography by a lady called Jill Bowen, which is The Forgotten King or somesuch.

The Cattle King
A biography of the life of Sir Sydney Kidman  by Ion Idriess
Published just after his death in 1935
ISBN: 9780207197826

Kidman the Forgotten King
The True Story of the Greatest Pastoral landholder in Modern History
Jill Bowen
ISBN: 0207178151

Kings in Grass Castles
The story of the Durack Family by Mary Durack
 
 
 
 

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