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‘A passion for exploring new countries’. Matthew Flinders & George Bass
Josephine Bastian
For eight years Matthew Flinders and George Bass made voyages changed the map of Australia. They were ready for even greater ventures. And then it was all over.
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A Funny Course for a Woman
Rosemary Balmford
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A Long Road Home: The Life and Times of Grisha Sklovsky
John Nicholson
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A Peculiar Gentleman: George Rusden, A Life
John O'Leary
The biography of George Rusden, a former Melbourne civil servant and polemical historian, sued by John Bryce, over a claim Bryce had taken part in a massacre of Maori women and children in Taranaki some years earlier.
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A Prescription for Action: The Life of Dr Janet Irwin
Susan Currie
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Agents of Empire: How E.L. Mitchell’s photographs shaped Australia
Joanna Sassoon
For nearly 100 years, E.L. Mitchell's emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors?
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Arthur Fadden: A Political Silhouette
Tracey Arklay
Arthur Fadden, leader of the Country Party, prime minister and treasurer. An architect of the current coalition between the Liberal Party and Country (now National) Party.
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Behind the Legend: The Many Worlds of Charles Todd
Denis Cryle
Telegraph Todd became a legend in his own lifetime for introducing Australian colonists to a new information age. But only recently has the full extent of his many and varied achievements come to light.
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Blind Optimist: The Life of Lawrie McCredie
Di Websdale-Morrissey
The story of Lawrie McCredie, a Lieutenant who lost an arm and his sight but continued to live a life of achievement with great humility and humour
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Book Life: The Life and Times of David Scott Mitchell
Eileen Chanin
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Broomstick: Personal Reflections
Leonie Kramer
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Catalina De Erauso: The Lieutenant Nun and the Conquest of the New World
Heidi Zogbaum
Catalina de Erauso, known as the Lieutenant Nun, escaped the nunnery, dressed as a boy and embarked on a journey around The Americas as a soldier, gambler, brawler and duellist.
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Charles Robert Scrivener: The surveyor who sited Australia's national capital twice
Terry Birtles
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Christopher Martin 'In the Middle of the Music': Memoirs and Memories
Mary Ryllis Clark
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Class Act: A Life of Creighton Burns
John Tidey
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Cyril Hopkins' Marcus Clarke
Laurie Hergenhan, Ken Stewart, Michael Wilding
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Dr Edward Swarbreck Hall: Colonial Medical Scientist & Moral Activist
Stefan Petrow, Carey Denholm
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Driftwood: Escape and survival through art
Eva de Jong-Duldig
Spanning three continents and three generations, it poignantly captures both the loss that families encounter when they are dislocated by war and the challenges they face when adapting to a new way of life.
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Duelling Surgeon, Colonial Patriot: The Remarkable Life of William Bland
Robert Lehane
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Dymphna
Judith Armstrong
Dymphna Lodewyckx was a brilliant linguist who easily won prizes and scholarships but cannot be said to have pursued a career; instead, she married Manning Clark, the great Australian historian
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Engineer to Marvellous Melbourne: The Life and Times of William Thwaites
Robert La Nauze
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Escape from the Sun: Surviving the Tyrannies of Lenin, Hitler and Stalin
Eugene Schlusser
When a son begins to question his parents judgement and decisions after World War II, he is overwhelmed by what he finds. To survive dictators you need to keep secrets even if this means deliberately disinforming your family. Paul and Natalie keep their family safe by doing so. But should secrets be kept for ever?
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Finding Home: The Masson family 1886–1980
R.J.W. Selleck
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From Strength to Strength
Allan M. Blanch
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Honourable Healers: Pioneering Women Doctors
Merrilyn Murnane
Three remarkable women rewrote the history books by becoming doctors in a world where women were not even allowed to vote.
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Hugh Trumble: A Cricketer's Life
Alf Batchelder
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J.A. Lyons — The Tame Tasmanian Appeasement and rearmament in Australia 1932–39
David Bird
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James Morrill: Captive of Empire
Bruce Breslin
James Morrill was an eye-witness to Australias longest war that roiled the Australian continent episodically for 140 years.
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Joan in India
Suzanne Falkiner
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John Howard and the Conservative Tradition
Norman Abjorensen
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Journey Without Arrival – The Life and Writing of Vincent Buckley
John McLaren
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Labor and Santamaria
Robert Murray
Bob Santamaria's influence on the forces that fought the Communist Party for control of Australia's union movement at the peak of the Cold War led directly to the Australian Labor Party's disastrous Split of 195557
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Lord Sydney: The Life and Times of Tommy Townshend HARDBACK
Andrew Tink
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Lost Copy: The Endless Wars Iraq and Afghanistan
John Martinkus
The memoir of celebrated Australian war correspondent John Martinkus, who covered conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, Aceh, Sri Lanka and Burma
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Margaret Bailey: Pioneering Headmistress of Ascham School
Jane Gilmour
Businesswoman and educational innovator, Margaret Bailey was one of a small number of women who transformed education for girls in the first half of the twentieth century. Headmistress and owner of Ascham School from 1914 to 1946, one of Sydneys most prestigious private girls schools.
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Marriage Lines
Meg Probyn
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Matthew Brady & Ned Kelly — Kindred Spirits, Kindred Lives
Paul Williams
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Miss D and Miss N – An Extraordinary Partnership. The Diary of Anne Drysdale
Bev Roberts
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More than a Musician: A Life of E. Harold Davies
Doreen Bridges
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My Name Should Be Melano
Leonie A. Ryder
This book is the outcome of Leonie Ryders quest to find out why her surname is not Melano, the surname with which her father was born.
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New Ideas for Old Concerns
Derek Prinsley
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No Ordinary Lives — Pioneering women in Australian politics
Cathy Jenkins
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On the Inside — an Intimate Portrait of Sheila Florance
Helen Martineau
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Once Upon a Time: Australian Writers on Using the Past
Robert Crawford, Anna Clark, Paul Ashton
Sixteen well-known writers discuss how history and the past are used in a range of genres from historical and true crime novels to family history and memoir.
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Proud Australian Boy: A Biography of Russell Braddon
Nigel Starck
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Records Are Made To Be Broken — The Real Story of Bill Ponsford
John Leckey
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Restless Sojourner in France
Marie Ramsland
During her sojourns in France, author Florence James discovered a culture that stimulated her intellectually and reinforced her home-grown ideologies. Her literary career blossomed there, gaining international recognition.
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Robbie to Dorie: Lt Col John Robertson's letters from Malaya 1941–42
Andrew Warland
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Saltwater in the Ink: Voices from the Australian Seas
Lucy Sussex
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Sandbelters
Robert Murray
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Sir John Langdon Bonython: newspaper proprietor, politician and philanthropist
E.J. Prest
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Snowy Campbell: Australian Pioneer Investigator of the Brain
Malcolm Macmillan
Alfred 'Snowy' Campbell was a pioneer of the neurosciences in Australia. His major work, the first histological study of the minute structures of the human brain and their functions, led to international recognition
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Stuart Stoneman: A life in the grocery trade
Barbara Pertzel
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Surviving Captivity: The campaign and POW diary of Bob Christie
John Lack
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The Audacious Adventures of Dr Louis Lawrence Smith
John Poynter
The captivating biography of L.L.Smith, medico, writer, publisher, politician, litigant, showman, speculator, collector, vigneron, farmer, breeder and rider of racehorses, guiding hand for thirty years of Melbourne's great exhibition complex
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The Big Sheppartonian: A Life of Sir Andrew Fairley
John Tidey
Sir Andrew Fairley, saviour of the struggling SPC company, community leader, pioneer of the canning industry, philanthropist, businessman and proud Sheppartonian.
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The Chairman – The Story of Garnett Ian Wilson OAM
Garnett Wilson, Anne Bartlett
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The Criminal of the Century
Rachael Weaver
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The Diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941
Christopher Lee, Robert Dixon, Frank Hurley
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The diary of Philip Thomas Smith on board the Royal Admiral en route for Van Diemen’s Land
Richard Fotheringham
One of Tasmanias earliest settlers, London lawyer Philip Smith, hated almost every minute of the 4 month journey to Australia. However, during the trip, he kept detailed day-by-day notes. He then rewrote them as a witty, acerbic and entertaining account of his adventures
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The Enterprising Mr MacGregor: stockbreeder and pioneer pastoralist
Fay Woodhouse
This biography of Duncan MacGregor is an exciting and highly readable account of how a Scottish Highlander built an Australian pastoral empire and then survived major drought and monetary losses
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The Iron Man of Sydney Cove: The Untold Story of Richard Dawson, Colonial Engineer
Harry Irwin
Richard Dicky Dawson, Sydney merchant and engineer, a well-liked, highly-respected and fair man but a hard taskmaster, was Australias first important iron founder.
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The Merchant of Sydney
Alex Pugh, Chis Maxwell
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The Outsider – A Portrait of Ursula Hoff
Colin Holden
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The Pocket Paderewski: The Beguiling Life of the Australian Concert Pianist Edward Cahill
Michael Moran
Concert pianist Edward Cahill went from silent cinema pianist born in the Australian Bush to celebrity virtuoso entertaining Royalty in Mayfair. This is his story.
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The Wild Colonial Boys: Jack Doolan and His Song
Allen Mawer
Jack Doolan, the bushranger, had a personal history with remarkable parallels with the Wild Colonial Boy song. If he was the inspiration, it undermines the argument for the song's Irish rather than Australian origin
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Unknown Warrior: The Search for Australia's Greatest Ace
Mike Rosel
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W. Macmahon Ball: Politics for the People
Ai Kobayashi
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W.H. Blakeley: Pioneer Saw Maker, Farmer & Trade Unionist
Helen L Blakeley
From the reeking smoke stacks of industrial Sheffield in the 1850s to the cheek-to-jowl tenements of Little Bourke Street East in the Melbourne of 1866, this book takes you on a pioneering journey across the seas to a saw-mill in the remote wilderness of New Zealand, and from there to a bark hut on a bush Selection in the Colony of Victoria, and then on to Melbourne.
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Walter Lindesay Richardson MD: A Victorian Seeker
Bruce Steele
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Warrior for Peace – Dorothy Auchterlonie Green
Willa McDonald
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Wild Bleak Bohemia: Marcus Clarke, Adam Lindsay Gordon & Henry Kendall
Michael Wilding
The story of three troubled geniuses of Australian writing and their world of poetry and poverty, alcohol and opiates, horse-racing and theatre, journalism and publishing.
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Woman War Doctor: The Life of Mary De Garis
Ruth Lee
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Xanana: Leader of the Struggle for Independent Timor-Leste
Sarah Niner
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