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              Duchene / Hargraves
                

              Duchene / Hargraves (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wilkie, Douglas

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              This is a story of how ordinary lives shape a society ... a fascinating story for a number of reasons, not least because of where this takes the reader: its geographical scope extends from the streets and court rooms of Britain, to the colonies of Australia and New Zealand, and t...o the gold rushes in North America. ... a story rich in intrigue and innuendo... - Dr Julie Kimber, Swinburne University. .. . a treasure trove of detail. ... every morsel of information is relished and potentially valuable. ... Douglas Wilkie has researched deeply enough to expose a version around the discovery of gold that is both factual and more colourful than the superficial respectability previously offered. - Babette Smith, author of 'The Luck of the Irish' and 'A Cargo of Women'. Duchene/Hargraves is a true readers' book. And not just any old readers, but those who seek to lose themselves in the dark corners of intrigue. This is not the typical dry history of the genesis of Australia's industrial heritage, but an absorbing Who Dunnit? styled unfolding of the past. ... a proper go-to resource that will sit proudly in any library. - Beth Kicinski, Federation University.
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              ISBN 9781367097360
              Released AU 10 Oct 2016
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              The Sink of Iniquity
                

              The Sink of Iniquity (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wilkie, Douglas

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              Picture this - Back Creek, as Talbot was then known, in April 1859: Crime is frightfully on the increase in this district, and the hordes of thieves and murderers on the rush are becoming emboldened from the comparative immunity which they enjoy. At present Detective Slattery and... a handful of constables are the only men to keep down hundreds of villains of the deepest dye. The report I have forwarded you, of the murderous attack on Mrs Ross, is only one of several crimes ... Several cases of sticking-up have come to our knowledge ... A butcher named Wills was pounced on by four armed men near Sault's Hotel ... A woman was stabbed in the face on Wednesday night ... On Tuesday night a man had his jaw broken ... The feeling among the inhabitants is one of great insecurity. A Court of Petty Sessions will he held daily at Wrigley's Hotel, on and after Monday. Maryborough and Dunolly Advertiser quoted in Argus, Monday 16 May 1859, p. 5. Back Creek was experiencing a massive gold rush. The population had reached 30,000. Not only were there murders, robberies and all kinds of other lawlessness, but Back Creek was described as the very sink of iniquity. In the midst of all this were the children and the desire to provide them with some form of education to prevent them falling into heathenism and barbarianism. But the Denominational Schools argued with each other. The Presbyterians would not allow their children to attend the Anglican schools. The teachers were often untrained and just as susceptible to the lure of gold as the parents. The Boards of Education took months to pay bills and salaries. This is the story of how education was provided to the children of this district, from a time long before the gold rushes, a time when the only children were those of the squatters and their servants, through to 1862 when the Common Schools system established in an attempt to overcome the inter-Denominational rivalries.
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              ISBN 9781320618793
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              The Life and Loves of Eugene Rossiet Lennon, Professeur Extraordinaire
                

              The Life and Loves of Eugene Rossiet Lennon, Professeur Extraordinaire (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wilkie, Douglas

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              This Revised Edition corrects a small number of typographical errors discovered in the earlier editions, otherwise the text is identical.Eugene Rossiet Lennon, Professor of Languages, educated at the University of Paris, came to Australia in 1843 as a convict. He had been convict...ed of inciting one young woman, Louisa La Grange, to commit a crime by robbing the jewellers of London's West End of their diamonds. Louisa was also transported and soon became Madame Callegari - whose story is told in the Journal of Madame Callegari and is also available through Historia Incognita. But Eugene Lennon embarked upon a very different career to that of his former accomplice, Louisa La Grange. He was tutor for the Cotton family at Swansea, on the remote east coast of Van Diemen's Land. And after father Cotton, a devout Quaker, banished him for taking too much interest in his twenty-year-old daughter, Lennon became tutor to the Pillinger family at Antil Ponds. The Pillingers were much more understanding. Returning to Hobart with a ticket-of-leave, Eugene was almost banished again when he became attached to James Dickinson's twenty-year-old daughter, Sarah. But Sarah was pregnant and Lennon did the right thing and married her. After several years of self-imposed exile at Southport, a long way south of Hobart, the Lennons and the Dickinsons moved to Victoria where Eugene soon became headmaster of the Flinders National Grammar School in Geelong. His career became illustrious with the school gaining a reputation as a model for teaching excellence. After many years, Lennon and the Education Department could no longer see eye-to-eye. So Lennon parted ways with the National School and established the Geelong High School across the street. But all of this, and more, can be read in The Life and Loves of Eugene Rossiet Lennon, Professeur Extraordinaire.
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              ISBN 9781367601499
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              The Memory of Dreams
                

              The Memory of Dreams (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wilkie, Douglas

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              The Memory of Dreams takes the reader on a journey through his-tory and art, past and present. At the end, when it is all over, we might be left wondering, as is often the case after a journey, whether it all really happened, or whether we are simply left with the memory of our d...reams. The approach to Venice is disappointing. Mestre is not a city that inspires wonder. Apart from the wonder of how it came to be like that. The causeway between Mestre and Venice is perhaps more inspiring because it seems to cross a sea that is as smooth and as grey as a sheet of glass. Islands rise out of the lagoon barely enough to support the vegetation that grows upon them. One more tree and the island would sink. And in the distance, at the end of the causeway, rising out of the mist are the familiar domes and spires of Venice. Familiar even to those who have never been there before.They say that Venice is sinking. But only because of the weight of the tourists. It is in danger of becoming a theme park. A parody of itself. The expectation of the Venetian myth is so great that the city puts on a mask just to satisfy the tourist. To really know Venice one must look behind the mask.I looked behind the mask...
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              ISBN 9781364727574
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              1849 The Rush That Never Started
                

              1849 The Rush That Never Started (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wilkie, Douglas

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              Professor Emerita Susan Ballyn, University of Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain: .. .covers new and unexplored ground regarding the first discovery of gold in Australia and of the socio/politics of the time that left this event relatively unexplored and relegated to mere references eve...n in the work of historians such as Blainey. Dr David Roberts, Senior Lecturer, University of New England, Armidale, NSW: .. . engaging and satisfying ... I found this work somewhat refreshing ... it demonstrated an intimacy and depth of knowledge that was persuasive and sometimes compelling ... allowed us to get beneath the skin of the people, and to see possible connections between a variety of episodes, many of which have certainly been underappreciated and misunderstood in existing literature. Many people have the impression that the Victorian gold rushes not only began in mid-1851, but also occurred in response to discoveries earlier in that year near Bathurst, west of Sydney. Not so! The Victorian gold rushes of 1851 were a direct consequence of a largely forgotten gold discovery two years earlier in the Pyrenees Ranges of the Port Phillip District. This is the story of how, in the summer of 1849, one shepherd and three ex-convicts started a gold rush involving hundreds of Melbourne residents. The story of how Charles La Trobe, the Superintendent of the Port Phillip District, discouraged gold mining until after Port Phillip's separation from New South Wales to ensure the revenue would be expended solely for Victoria's benefit. To open a gold field while Port Phillip was still part of New South Wales would be to hand the benefits to Sydney. It is the story of how those accredited with the 1851 gold discoveries, such as Edward Hargraves, were influenced by the actions of those involved in 1849 Pyrenees discovery.
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              ISBN 9781320575751
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              The Journal of Madame Callegari
                

              The Journal of Madame Callegari (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Wilkie, Douglas

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              a meticulously researched account of an unexpected and utterly fascinating woman. Emeritus Professor Lucy Frost, The University of Tasmania. The Journal of Madame Callegari ... is a fascinating story from start to finish: not only the very notion that the true identity of Madame ...Callegari has remained hidden until now, but also the incredible story of Madame Callegari's life and travels. ... the author's choice to write the journal in the first person adds greatly to the pace and personal nature of the story and draws the reader in from the very beginning. ... Astute readers ... will no doubt be delighted to now be able to read the full story of Madame Callegari and her incredible life. This complete account is meticulously researched and a valuable and important contribution to the literature in the area of French-Australian Studies, given the time that Madame Callegari spent here and in the surrounding region. Readers everywhere can be very grateful that Douglas Wilkie came across Madame Callegari's true identity, that he has set the record straight, and that he has shared her fascinating story with us. Dr Kerry Mullan, Senior Lecturer, Coordinator French Studies, RMIT University. He is to be congratulated on his achievement. Elaine Lewis, Author Left Bank Waltz, (Vintage 2006); Co-editor The French Australian Review.
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              ISBN 9781320395878
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