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            Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture

            Dark Emu: Aboriginal Australia and the Birth of Agriculture (Trade Paperback / Paperback, None ed.)

            By Pascoe, Bruce

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            `Dark Emu injects a profound authenticity into the conversation about how we Australians understand our continent ... [It is] essential reading for anyone who wants to understand what Australia once was, or what it might yet be if we heed the lessons of long and sophisticated hum...an occupation.' Judges for 2016 NSW Premier's Literary AwardsDark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The evidence insists that Aboriginal people right across the continent were using domesticated plants, sowing, harvesting, irrigating and storing - behaviours inconsistent with the hunter-gatherer tag. Gerritsen and Gammage in their latest books support this premise but Pascoe takes this further and challenges the hunter-gatherer tag as a convenient lie. Almost all the evidence is Dark Emu comes from the records and diaries of the Australian explorers, impeccable sources. Bruce's comments on his book compared to Gammage's: My book is about food production, housing construction and clothing whereas Gammage was interested in the appearance of the country at contact. [Gammage] doesn't contest hunter gatherer labels either, whereas that is at the centre of my argument.
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            ISBN 9781921248016
            Published AU 1 Jun 2018
            Publisher Magabala Books
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            FitzRoy - Beyond the Rumours: Tenth Governor of New South Wales, First Governor-General of Australia
             

            FitzRoy - Beyond the Rumours: Tenth Governor of New South Wales, First Governor-General of Australia (Hardback)

            By Fergusson, Lyn M.

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            Was Governor FitzRoy the man popular history would have us believe? Sir Charles Augustus Fitzroy's tenure as Governor of New South Wales and Governor-General of Australia between 1846 and 1855 was plagued by rumour. Mention FitzRoy and he is either not remembered at all, remember...ed as the Governor who caused his wife's death or as a shameless womaniser. Are these damning comments justified? It was the time of Wentworth, Parkes and Lang, giant political figures in New South Wales' early history. FitzRoy's administration oversaw matters such as settlement of the contentious crown land issue and squatters' rights, discovery of gold, education and introduction of the railway. A man of the British Empire, he served firstly his King, then a young Queen Victoria as the Crown's Vice Regal representative at Prince Edward island, the Leeward Islands and finally, New South Wales. This commissioned biography portrays FitzRoy in a light not previously considered, from a personal, family oriented aspect, stretching from childhood to the battlefields of Waterloo. Going beyond the rumours set in motion in 1847, it reveals a worldly diplomat, a Governor who encouraged those around him to act on their beliefs.
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            ISBN 9780646912714
            Published AU 12 Dec 2013
            Publisher Pilar Publishing
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            Gough Whitlam: His Time
             

            Gough Whitlam: His Time (Hardback)

            By Hocking, Jenny

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            Recreates the excitement of Whitlam's historic win in 1972, forces that never accepted his ascendency &the tragedy that followed. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, interviews with family, colleague sand with the man himself, this second volume finally exposes the tr...uth about the Whitlam years.
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            ISBN 9780522857931
            Published AU 1 Sep 2012
            Publisher Melbourne University Press
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            A History of the Australian Military: From the First Fleet to the Modern Day
             

            A History of the Australian Military: From the First Fleet to the Modern Day (Paperback)

            By Moore, Jonathan

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            Australia is a remote nation, tucked away in the southern hemisphere with a tiny population compared to their densely populated neighbours to the North. Despite this, over the past two hundred years the Austrian military has punched well above its weight, earning a reputation for... bravery and efficiency unrivalled in the modern world. Australia has never lost a war and more often than not, fought long and hard to win the peace. 'A History of the Australia Military: From the First Fleet to the Present Day' covers all of the crucial events in Australian military history and throws light on many of the major moments involving those brave men and women who fought in Australia and for Australia. Whether they were aboriginal warriors, marines, soldiers of the crown or members of the army, RAAF or RAN, all have made a contributed to a proud military tradition.
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            ISBN 9781760790479
            Published AU 4 Aug 2018
            Publisher New Holland Publishers
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            The Killing Streets: Uncovering Australia's first serial murderer

            The Killing Streets: Uncovering Australia's first serial murderer (Trade Paperback / Paperback, Digital original)

            By Bretherton, Tanya

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            From the acclaimed author of THE SUITCASE BABY and THE SUICIDE BRIDE, the story of a series of horrific murders that began in 1930s Sydney - and a killer who remained at large for over two decades.

            ISBN 9780733642388
            Published AU 25 Feb 2020
            Publisher Hachette
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            Series The Australian Crime Vault
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            The Awful Truth: My adventures with Australia's most notorious tabloid
             

            The Awful Truth: My adventures with Australia's most notorious tabloid (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Tame, Adrian

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            Before Fake News, there was the real Fake News. There was Truth. Hailed as `a fearless exposer of folly, vice and crime' when it first hit the streets in the 1890s, Truth was later condemned by a High Court Judge as `a wretched little paper, reeking of filth, injurious to the hea...lth of house servants and young girls'. Much later it earned the nickname `The Old Whore of La Trobe Street'. Truth was called many things but it was never boring. Adrian Tame knows that better than anyone as he worked for Truth for more than a decade as a reporter and news editor. In the years it was owned by the Murdoch family he worked alongside young Rupert as he cut his teeth on the shock horror scandals that graced the pages of Truth when it was selling a whopping 400,000 copies a week. Funny, often outrageous and always thoroughly entertaining, The Awful Truth is a rollercoaster ride through an colourful era of newspapers and larger-than-life reporters that we will never see the like of again.
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            ISBN 9781760850494
            Published AU 5 Aug 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music
             

            Tell Me Why: The Story of My Life and My Music (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Roach, Archie

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            A powerful memoir of a true Australian legend: stolen child, musical and lyrical genius, and leader. No one has lived as many lives as Archie Roach - stolen child, seeker, teenage alcoholic, lover, father, musical and lyrical genius, and leader - but it took him almost a lifetime... to find out who he really was. Roach was only a few years old when he was forcibly removed from his family. Brought up by a series of foster parents until his early teens, his world imploded when he received a letter that spoke of a life he had no memory of. In this intimate, moving and often shocking memoir, Roach's story is an extraordinary odyssey through love and heartbreak, family and community, survival and renewal - and the healing power of music. Overcoming enormous odds to find his story and his people, Roach voices the joy, pain and hope he found on his path through song to become the legendary singer-songwriter and storyteller that he is today - beloved by fans worldwide. Tell Me Why is a stunning account of resilience and the strength of spirit - and of a great love story.
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            ISBN 9781760854539
            Published AU 5 Aug 2020
            Publisher Simon & Schuster Australia
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            The Convict Valley: The Bloody Struggle on Australia's Early Frontier

            The Convict Valley: The Bloody Struggle on Australia's Early Frontier (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Dunn, Mark

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            In 1790, five convicts escaped Sydney by boat and were swept ashore near present-day Newcastle. They were taken in by the Worimi people, given Aboriginal names and started families. Thus began a long and at times dramatic series of encounters between Aboriginals and convicts in t...he second settlement in Australia. The fertile valley of the Hunter River was the first area outside of Sydney explored by the British, and it became one of the largest penal settlements. Yet today manicured lawns and prosperous vineyards hide the struggles, violence and toil of the thousands of convicts who laid its foundations. The Convict Valley uncovers this rich colonial past, as well as the story of the original Aboriginal landholders. While there were friendships and alliances in the early years, in the mad scramble for land in the 1820s as the Valley was opened to free settlers, tensions increased and bloodshed ensued. With fascinating stories about convicts, white settlers and the Aboriginal inhabitants that have long been forgotten, The Convict Valley is a new Australian history classic. 'Mark Dunn's Convict Valley is a finely detailed and meticulously researched study of the Hunter Valley. Interweaving its Aboriginal, convict and mining past, Dunn reveals the missing and misunderstood complexities of these histories as a gifted storyteller.' - Professor John Maynard, The University of Newcastle
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            ISBN 9781760528645
            Published AU 2 Jun 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Batavia

            Batavia (Trade Paperback / Paperback, 2nd edition)

            By FitzSimons, Peter

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            ISBN 9781864711349
            Published AU 1 Aug 2012
            Publisher Random House
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            Traitors and Spies: Espionage and Corruption in High Places in Australia, 1901-50
             

            Traitors and Spies: Espionage and Corruption in High Places in Australia, 1901-50 (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Fahey, John

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              4 Aug 20

            'Deeply researched with keen judgements, it is a devastating indictment of Australia's security services and their political masters in the decades before the formation of ASIO.' - Professor David Horner, author of The Spy Catchers: The Official History of ASIO 1949-1963 Dozens o...f Russian anarchists, socialists and communists arrived in Australia from 1905, fleeing repression in their homeland. Finding work in the Queensland cane fields, Russian activists recruited in working men's groups for their revolutionary cause, laying the foundations for infiltration by Soviet intelligence services of the unions and Communist Party of Australia decades later. This is just one of the many fascinating stories former intelligence officer John Fahey has uncovered in the archives of Australia, MI5 and the CIA. He shows that Australia was under sustained attack from external threats as early as 1908, threats the country consistently failed to address effectively. He identifies the first German spy in Australia, as well as a highly respected Jewish businessman in Melbourne who was a Soviet agent, and an Australian woman who worked for Soviet military intelligence in the US. Internal security work is dirty work, never more than when ruthless politicians and police use intelligence services for their own ends. Fahey has discovered old boys' networks at the highest levels enabled security agencies to spy on members of parliament and other bureaucrats, mislead judicial inquiries, and persecute innocent citizens in the interwar years. Traitors and Spies tells the story of Australia's intelligence operations before ASIO was established, and reveals a dark side of Australian politics in the first half of the 20th century.
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            ISBN 9781760877705
            Published AU 4 Aug 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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