Description : The first horse set foot in Australia on 30 January 1788, one of seven aboard the First Fleet's Lady Penrhyn, which also carried a cargo of female convicts. From then on, horses carried explorers who opened up the country to settlement. They carried Aboriginal mounted police, trained as ruthless killers of their own people. Horses, often fine stolen animals, carried bushrangers who ruled the roads and bailed up townships: 'gentleman' Matthew Brady, 'brave' Ben Hall and the towering, controversial Ned Kelly. Horses carried men to war. Some 120,000 horses were sent to World War I battlefields: only one was brought home. Horses helped build the nation, marshalling the great flocks and herds, helping to create its myths. As they have since the early days of the colony, they carry our bets and, like the mighty Phar Lap in the Depression days, they have the power to lift our spirits. Cameron Forbes, author of the acclaimed Hellfire and The Korean War, uses the motif of the horse to tell the wider Australian story of settlement, exploration, dispossession and warfare. Australia on Horseback is a masterful achievement, a comprehensively researched and beautifully told history of a developing nation and a powerful tribute to the horse - bearer of men, hopes, fears and dreams.
Description : The output of the two largest photographic studios in Australia in the late 19th century were bought & placed in storage. It became known as the Tyrell Collection. Largely unseen ever-since it is now stored at the Powerhouse museum and has been made available to Australian Geographic. This unique collection...
Description : Collection of readings on Australian history for tertiary students. Examines Australia's beginnings, European perceptions of Australia, the decision to settle Botany Bay, convict life, histories of convict women, the migration experience, the gold rushes and the Chinese, race relations on the colonial frontier, squatters and the Ned Kelly outbreak, the bush legend, the rise of the Labor party, missionaries and indigenous Australians, the women's movement and Australian feminism, and Australia at Federation. Contributors include Richard White, Stuart Macintyre, Anne Summers, Raymond Evans, A B Paterson, and Rita Farrell. Includes illustrations, endnotes, and appendix. Crotty is a lecturer in Australian History at the University of Queensland and author of 'Making the Australian Male'. Eklund is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Liberal Arts at the University of Newcastle and author of 'Steel Town: The Making and Breaking of Port Kembla'.
Description : John Hirst has drawn on previously unexplored material to write a history of the long, sometimes difficult and ultimately "sentimental" process of Australian Federation, published on the eve of the Centenary of Federation.
Description : A chronological account the main periods and events in the Australian story that traces the forces that have shaped the nation from the coming of the first Aborigines to the election of the Abbott government in 2013. The content is political, social and economic, showing how these strands of Australian life interacted in eras of exploration, in boom periods and depressions and droughts, and in a number of wars. The book traces the transition from a convict society to a free one is traced, as is development of representative government and of Federation, the growth of cities, and the careers and influence of key politicians.