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            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir

            The Last Lighthouse Keeper: A Memoir (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Cook, John; Bauer, Jon

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            In Tasmania, John Cook is known as: 'The Keeper of the Flame'. John's renowned as one of the last of the kerosene keepers : he spent a good part of his 26-year career in Tasmanian lighthouses tending kerosene, not electrical, lamps. He joined the lighthouse service in 1969, after... a spell in the merchant marine. Far from reviling work on isolated islands such as Tasman and Maatsuyker, Australia's southernmost lighthouse, he discovered that he loved the solitude and delighted in the sense of purpose that light keeping gave him. He did two stints on Tasman, in 1969-71 and 1977, and was the head keeper on Maatsuyker for eight years. Tasman's kerosene light was a pressure lamp fuelled by two big bottles that had to be pumped up to 75 pounds per square inch (about 516 kilopascals): It was the equivalent of pumping up a tyre every 20 minutes, John says. Then you had to wind up the weights - they went down the tower and turned the prism around like a big clockwork. If the weights went all the way to the bottom, the light would stop. The main thing was that 365 nights of the year you sat in that tower, 100 feet up, and you had to stay awake, John says of Tasman. If you fell asleep the light would stop and then you were in trouble. Keepers took watches around the clock, in a system similar to that on a ship. Day watches weren't a chance to slack off: standing orders required the watchkeeper to look seawards at least every half-hour and to log sightings of any vessels, and their course, in the area. But the main thing was there was always maintenance to do, John says. Because Mother Nature was your boss. She'd blow gutters off, that sort of thing - she was always stickin' her bib in, and you were repairin' it. Tasman keepers also ran a herd of up to 500 sheep. They didn't have a freezer, so they'd kill and dress a sheep every fortnight. John supplemented his bulk stores, delivered every three months by the lighthouse supply vessel, with extras brought on the bi-monthly mail bo
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            ISBN 9781760875381
            Published AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Speed Kings: Australia and New Zealand's Quest to Win the Indy 500, the World's Greatest Motor Race
             

            Speed Kings: Australia and New Zealand's Quest to Win the Indy 500, the World's Greatest Motor Race (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            By Smailes, John

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            • Pub Date
              3 Nov 20

            Winning the Indianapolis 500, the greatest spectacle in motorsport, has been a quest for Australians and New Zealanders since the first race in 1911. Seventeen have tried and two have succeeded, New Zealand's Scott Dixon in 2008 and Australia's Will Power in 2018. More than a cen...tury before, Rupert Jeffkins, Australia's original speed king, entered the first 500 and on his second attempt in 1912 came within five kilometres of victory. He and Italian Ralph de Palma created legend when they pushed their car to the finish line when it blew up while leading. Speed Kings tells Jeffkins' full story for the first time. The lure of the Brickyard, paved with 3.2 million bricks, all now covered except for a ceremonial 'Yard of Bricks' at the finish line, has drawn champions from both sides of the Tasman. Three-time world champion Sir Jack Brabham, his son Geoffrey and grandson Matthew have each tried to win. So have the 'big three' of New Zealand motor racing: Bruce McLaren, Denny Hulme and Chris Amon. Brabham was instrumental in changing the face of the Indianapolis race when he raced his rear-engine Cooper Climax against the monstrous front-engine Indy roadsters of the time. Blinding speed - nudging 380 km/h and averaging 280 km/h over 500 miles - makes the Brickyard one of the most precarious racetracks in the world. Forty-two drivers have died attempting the 500. Indy doesn't offer up victory lightly. It's taken Dixon and Power, who've dedicated their careers to IndyCar racing, to win it. Now Australian Supercar champion Scott McLaughlin, a New Zealander, looks set to become the next driver from down under to chase American motor racing's greatest prize. Speed Kings tells the story of the drivers, team owners, engineers, even commentators who've made The Brickyard their quest.
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            ISBN 9781760529390
            Published AU 3 Nov 2020
            Publisher Allen & Unwin
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            Sustainable Gifting: Upcycle, hand-make & get creative with zero-waste presents & packages
             

            Sustainable Gifting: Upcycle, hand-make & get creative with zero-waste presents & packages (Hardback)

            By Mackintosh, Michelle

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              2 Dec 20

            The Art of Sustainable Gifting is a beautiful, creative guide to gifting, bringing to it ideas for crafting, cooking and baking and the perfect wrapping arts.

            ISBN 9781743796818
            Published AU 2 Dec 2020
            Publisher Hardie Grant Books
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            The Wild Silence: The Sunday Times Bestseller from the author of The Salt Path

            The Wild Silence: The Sunday Times Bestseller from the author of The Salt Path (Hardback)

            By Winn, Raynor

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            Following the hugely successful Sunday Times Bestseller, Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize nominee and Costa shortlisted, The Salt Path, Raynor Winn returns with her second brilliant book. This time the narrative explores the difficulties surrounding the return to mainstream life... after a period of homelessness. Recovering self-esteem and trust, in herself and in others, is harder than she expected. Raynor and her husband Moth continue to face his debilitating illness, until an incredible gesture by someone who read The Salt Path changes everything. This book is about readjusting to life after homelessness, but also about recovering trust and self-belief after a traumatic event - feelings that can translate to many episodes in the life of any of us.
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            ISBN 9780241401460
            Released AU 15 Sep 2020
            Publisher Penguin
            Interest Age 16+ years
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            Holden Commemorative Edition: The Great Years, the Great Cars 1968-2020

            Holden Commemorative Edition: The Great Years, the Great Cars 1968-2020 (Hardback)

            Producer Street Press, Gelding

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            Commodore. Torana. Monaro. Holden captures the essence of these three great cars - their muscle, their romance and their engineering - as well as their glory days at racetracks such as Mount Panorama at Bathurst and Phillip Island. It celebrates 50-plus years of great Aussie moto...ring memories, from the original Monaro's launch in 1968 to living in the seventies through the Torana years. Then there's the Commodore era, covering the VB to ZB models from 1978 to 2020 and including the last Aussie-built V8s. Holden features photos, stories and a comprehensive history of the country's best-loved vehicles, plus a detailed analysis of all the models of these three nameplates.
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            ISBN 9781925946130
            Published AU 7 Oct 2020
            Publisher Rockpool Publishing
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            Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep
             

            Whiti: Colossal Squid of the Deep (Hardback, 2nd Revised edition)

            By Cleal, Victoria; Illustrated by Te Aho-White, Isobel Joy

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            The colossal squid has been the most popular exhibit at Te Papa since it arrived there in 2007. Now this appealing book for young readers tells the fascinating story of these creatures from the deep, through sparkling and informative text and amazing illustrations. A must-have na...tural history book for young readers and their whanau and teachers.
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            ISBN 9780995133808
            Published AU 8 Oct 2020
            Publisher Te Papa Press
            Interest Age 9-11 years
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            SuperDinosaur: The Biggest, Fastest, Coolest Prehistoric Creatures

            SuperDinosaur: The Biggest, Fastest, Coolest Prehistoric Creatures (Hardback)

            By DK

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            Tremble in terror as the strongest, fastest, largest, and strangest prehistoric creatures roar back to life as you've never seen them before. From the biggest teeth to the longest claws, SuperDinosaur uses jaw-dropping new lifelike images to bring you face-to-face with the most f...earsome creatures that ever stalked the Earth. You'll get up close and personal with the deadly Dakotaraptor's killer claws, see an armoured Stegosaurus fight off foes with its spiked tail, and look through the crushing jaws of the all-powerful T-rex. Alongside the amazing images, SuperDinosaur is packed with incredible facts about these extraordinary creatures. Did you know that the fearsome Tyrannosaurus has the most powerful bite of any land animal that has ever lived? Or that the bizarre Amargasaurus had spines that stuck out 60 cm (24 in) from its neck? Or perhaps you fancy your chances in a staring competition with Temnodontosaurus - just be warned, its eyes are 25 cm (9.8 in) wide! Features on fascinating fossils and the latest scientific techniques will show you exactly how paleontologists piece together information about how dinosaurs would have looked and lived. The perfect read for children aged 9 and over, this brilliant and informative guide will appeal to budding dinosaur experts of all ages.
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            ISBN 9780241412862
            Released AU 2 Jul 2020
            Publisher Dorling Kindersley Publishers
            Interest Age 9-11 years
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            Back Roads: The Scenic Route
             

            Back Roads: The Scenic Route (Hardback)

            By Ewart, Heather

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            • Pub Date
              5 Nov 20

            A celebration of Australia's inspiring rural communities in words and pictures Over the five years it has been appearing on our screens, Back Roads has taken us across Australia, through deserts, along coasts, up mountains and over plains. It has shown us the rugged landscapes, t...he resilient communities and the extraordinary individuals who populate the areas outside the big cities. In this book, we re-meet in vivid colour some of our favourite people and places. Full of glorious photos that capture the spirit, purpose, difficulties and humour of outback life, this book is a tribute to the surprising characters, the rarely told stories and the sometimes beautiful, sometimes strange places that exist along the back roads of our extraordinary country.
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            ISBN 9780733341113
            Published AU 5 Nov 2020
            Publisher ABC Books
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            A Hollow is a Home

            A Hollow is a Home (Paperback)

            By Mitchell, Abbie; Hicks, Astred

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            Take a peek into the world of tree hollows and the Australian animals that call them home.

            ISBN 9781486308057
            Published AU 1 Oct 2019
            Publisher CSIRO Publishing
            Interest Age 5-8 years
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            Fearless Footsteps: True Stories That Capture the Spirit of Adventure
             

            Fearless Footsteps: True Stories That Capture the Spirit of Adventure (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

            Edited by Thomas, Nathan James; Roberts, Jennifer

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            • Pub Date
              5 Nov 20

            Exhilarating, introspective and inspiring, this collection of true travel stories proves seeing the world is worth it, no matter the trepidation. Let wanderlust conquer fear!

            ISBN 9781925820577
            Published AU 5 Nov 2020
            Publisher Exisle Publishing
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