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            Rendezvous with Death: Anzac Stories of the Great War
             

            Rendezvous with Death: Anzac Stories of the Great War (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Ramsland, John

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              3 Mar 21

            Some AIF men had a rendezvous with death in the 'silence in the summer night', but many were to survive only to face 'the thudding of the guns', again and again until 11 November 1918 at 11am. Their stories were about ordinary people facing extraordinary circumstances. They endur...ed physical and psychological horrors. This volume by historian John Ramsland is packed with unusual stories of a deeply personal nature: gripping, frequently harrowing and sometimes chilling. They are bought vividly to life from when the first shot was fired until the last bullet and, then, beyond to the aftermath. Such studies are first-hand, meticulously researched and comprehensively analysed. From the life stories of historical figures, known or unknown, celebrated or forgotten, the author elegantly crafts an anthology of epic heroism in WWI. In it, he chronicles the harsh reality of it all; he creates a strong picture of living conditions for frontline soldiers in the South Pacific, Gallipoli, the Western Front and Palestine.
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            ISBN 9780909608996
            Published AU 3 Mar 2021
            Publisher Brolga Publishing Pty Ltd
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            Nancy Wake: The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy

            Nancy Wake: The gripping true story of the woman who became the Gestapo's most wanted spy (Paperback, Revised edition)

            By FitzSimons, Peter

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            In the early 1930s, Nancy Wake was a young woman enjoying a bohemian life in Paris. By the end of the Second World War, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person. As a naive, young journalist, Nancy Wake witnessed a horrific scene of Nazi violence in a Viennese street. From that m...oment, she declared that she would do everything in her power to rid Europe of the Nazis. What began as a courier job here and there became a highly successful escape network for Allied soldiers, perfectly camouflaged by Nancy's high-society life in Marseille. Her network was soon so successful - and so notorious - that she was forced to flee France to escape the Gestapo, who had dubbed her 'the white mouse' for her knack of slipping through its traps. But Nancy was a passionate enemy of the Nazis and refused to stay away. Supplying weapons and training members of a powerful underground fighting force, organising Allied parachute drops, cycling four hundred kilometres across a mountain range to find a new transmitting radio - nothing seemed too difficult in her fight against the Nazis. Peter FitzSimons reveals Nancy Wake's compelling story, a tale of an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things.
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            ISBN 9780732295257
            Published AU 8 Nov 2011
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            Great Expectations: Emigrant Governesses in Colonial Australia
             

            Great Expectations: Emigrant Governesses in Colonial Australia (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Clarke, Patricia

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              1 Mar 21

            Teach your protegees to emigrate; send them where the men want wives, the mothers want governesses For educated middle-class women in nineteenth-century Britain, options were limited. Marry and bear children, accept the drudgery of keeping house for relatives or friends, or attem...pt to find a position in one of the very few industries that would employ women. This is the story of a group of intrepid ladies who found a different solution on the other side of the world. Wanted, a Governess competent to teach music, dancing, and the usual branches of education. Respectable references required. The Female Middle Class Emigration Society scheme helped governesses and would-be governesses emigrate to the colonies from 1861 to 1886. The women who participated were encouraged to write back to the society, and it is their letters-sometimes plaintive, sometimes upbeat-that form the heart of this book. Written by women who were often fluent in multiple foreign languages, skilled artists and musicians, able to teach the liberal arts, as well as algebra and geometry, the letters describe wildly different experiences and stories of culture clash abound. In my new home I shall make acquaintance with a new class of people-the nouveaux riches, but I may consider myself now colonized Some women gained employment with well-established families even before their ships had docked, formed close relationships with their employers or found husbands. Dublin-born Mary Bayly had a heavy workload teaching the six Hills children of Cooks River, New South Wales, English, French, German, Latin, music and singing, but her employers were 'very kind', she found the Australian scenery beautiful-'As to the Harbour and the views over the sea, they can never to me lose their charming freshness and attractiveness'-and she eventually married an Australian-born teacher who would rise to the position of headmaster, thereby retaining her middle-class status. Be sensible, undergo a little domestic training and
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            ISBN 9780642279620
            Published AU 1 Mar 2021
            Publisher National Library of Australia
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            One Night, New York: 'A page turner with style' (Erin Kelly)

            One Night, New York: 'A page turner with style' (Erin Kelly) (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Thompson, Lara

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            A delicious detective story set in 1930s New York, and the winner of the inaugural Virago/The Pool New Crime Writer Award.

            ISBN 9780349011097
            Released AU 14 Jan 2021
            Publisher Little, Brown Book Group
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            Argyle: The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds
             

            Argyle: The Impossible Story of Australian Diamonds (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Kells, Stuart

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              2 Mar 21

            Based on in-depth research and interviews - including with Alan King Jones, Bill Leslie and 'the father of Australian diamonds', Ewen Tyler - Argyle details the almost overwhelming challenges with realising a diamond mining venture in Australia, shows how these obstacles were ove...rcome, and explores the mine's impact and legacy.
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            ISBN 9780522877250
            Published AU 2 Mar 2021
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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            By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet

            By Sea & Stars: The Story of the First Fleet (Hardback)

            By Dalton, Trent

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            Dazzling, poetic and vivid storytelling from one of Australia's greatest writers, which tells the bloody, brutal and enthralling story of the epic journey of the First Fleet. Originally published as a multi-part serial in The Australian, The First Fleet tells the story of the the... epic voyage which led to the founding of our nation, as told from the point of view of the people who took part - willingly or unwillingly - in it. Drawn from historical sources of the time, including letters and journals, The First Fleet brings these this epic voyage, and the people who went on them, to vivid life. This is not dry history of dates and names. These are gripping stories of real people, from the lowest to the highest. From terrified nine year old chimney sweep and convict John Hudson to conscientious Lieutenant Ralph Clark, pining after his wife and son, these are the people who made our history, and these are their stories - of death, duty, glory, lust, violence, escape, mutiny - and a great southern land...
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            ISBN 9781460757413
            Published AU 16 Nov 2018
            Publisher HarperCollins Publishers
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            Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler's Revenge, April-May 1945

            Night of the Bayonets: The Texel Uprising and Hitler's Revenge, April-May 1945 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Eric, Lee

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            In the final days of World War II in Europe, Georgians serving in the Wehrmacht on Texel island off the Dutch coast rose up and slaughtered their German masters. Hitler ordered the island to be retaken and fighting continued for weeks, well after the war's end. The uprising had i...t origins in the bloody history of Georgia in the twentieth century, a history that saw the country move from German occupation, to three short years of independence, to Soviet rule after it was conquered by the Red Army in 1921. A bloody rebellion against the Soviets took place in 1924, but it remained under Russian Soviet rule. Thousands of Georgians served in the Soviet forces during World War II and among those who were captured, given the choice of starve or fight , some took up the German offer to don Wehrmacht uniforms. The loyalty of the Georgians was always in doubt, as Hitler himself suspected, and once deployed to the Netherlands, the Georgian soldiers made contact with the local Communist resistance. When the opportunity arose, the Georgians took the decision to rise up and slaughter the Germans, seizing control of the island. In just a few hours, they massacred some 400 German officers using knives and bayonets to avoid raising the alarm. An enraged Hitler learned about the mutiny and ordered the Germans to fight back, showing no mercy to either the Georgians or the Dutch civilians who hid them. It was not until 20 May, 12 days after the war had ended, that Canadian forces landed on the island and finally put an end to the slaughter. Eric Lee explores this fascinating but little known last battle of the Second World War: its origins, the incredible details of the battle and its ongoing legacy.
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            ISBN 9781922387462
            Published AU 2 Dec 2020
            Publisher BIG SKY PUBLISHING
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            Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore
              

            Gallipoli: The Fatal Shore (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Broadbent, Harvey; Foreword by Cosgrove, Peter

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            This book seeks to convey the story of Gallipoli to Australians of all ages. On 25 April, 1915, Allied troops stormed the cliffs of Gallipoli. Twenty-eight thousand Australians were killed and wounded in the bloody, eight-month campaign. Gallipoli is now regarded as a defining ep...isode in Australian history.
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            ISBN 9780143011330
            Published AU 30 Mar 2009
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 14+ years
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            Tobruk 1941
             

            Tobruk 1941 (Paperback)

            By Wilmot, Chester

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            With a distinctive mix of vigour and intelligence that made him a celebrated correspondent during and after the Second World War, Wilmot here tells the sotyr of the fighting in and around Tobruk from January to December 1941.

            ISBN 9780143008521
            Published AU 29 Jun 2009
            Publisher Penguin
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            Who Owns History?: Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure

            Who Owns History?: Elgin's Loot and the Case for Returning Plundered Treasure (Paperback)

            By Robertson, Geoffrey, QC

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            Hard on the heels of his best-selling autobiography Rather His Own Man, one of Australia's foremost public intellectuals turns his mind to one of the most important contemporary questions that divides the world of art and culture- the restitution of heritage treasures removed in ...earlier times from subjugated peoples who now want them back. Taking his cue from Cicero, the great Roman barrister, Geoffrey Robertson argues that justice requires the return not only of the 'Elgin' Marbles to Greece, but of many looted antiquities on display in the museums of Britain, Europe and America. He argues that the Gweagal Shield - dropped when Cook shot at Aboriginals in Botany Bay in 1770 - should be returned to Australia from the British Museum. He wants the government to acquire the hull of HMS Endeavour recently located off Rhode Island. He has located Arthur Phillip's tombstone for Yemmerrawanne, the first Australian expatriate, in a South London churchyard, and he wants to bring it back. Robertson's judgement is uncompromising- cultural heritage belongs to the people of whose history it is a part, unless its return would be attended by danger to the artwork itself. And since the movement for the restitution of cultural property is based on human rights, governments that want it back must show respect for the rights of the peoples on whose behalf they make the claim. Who Owns History? not only delves into the crucial debate over the Marbles, but examines how the past can be experienced by everyone, as well as by the people of the country of origin.
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            ISBN 9781760893712
            Published AU 1 Dec 2020
            Publisher Penguin
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