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Encounters With Asian Decolonisation
David Fettling
Shortly after the Second World War, five Australians, all government officials, experienced first-hand the revolt of Asia. The European colonial system disintegrated and powerful new states rose in its place an independent India, an Indonesian Republic, a fractious Malaya, a Communist China.
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Keep the Presses Running: The Australian Printing Industry in the Twentieth Century
Benjamin Thorn
The book describes the Australian printing industry in the twentieth century largely in the words of people who worked in it.
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Of Home Politics & World Trade
Bill Barry
The son of William Peter (Bill) Barry, the leader of the Democratic Labor Party in the Victorian Legislative Assembly after the Australian Labor Party broke in two in 1955, Bill Barry was at the very heart of the great ideological divide in Australian politics.
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Agents of Empire: How E.L. Mitchell’s photographs shaped Australia
Joanna Sassoon
For nearly 100 years, E.L. Mitchells emblematic photographs have shaped ideas about Australia. But who was Mitchell and why did he succeed above his competitors?
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The Unfortunate Death of James Douglas O’Flaherty
Miles Hunt
James Douglas OFlaherty (Jimmy) walks outside his house one evening on his way to dinner and is killed when a tree branch falls on his head.
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Persistent Young Offenders
Patrice Cooke
This book will revolutionalise how we think about the diagnosis and treatment of offenders. Rather than categorising offenders according to their offenses, the primary focus needs to be shifted to identifying the underlying psychological processes out of which the offending behaviour flows.
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Anzac: The Landing, The Legend, The Law
Catherine Bond
An interrogation of the legal history of one of Australia and New Zealands most revered words - 'Anzac' - and the restrictions on the acronym that still exist today.
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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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Letters from a Floating Life
Trevor Hay
In solitude, in a hotel in China, a man writes to a close friend, trying to identify themes in his life and relationships, revealed in the memory of sometimes funny, sometimes traumatic incidents and episodes. Intermittently he also writes of his present days in China, of the shifting persona he has adopted in order to lead a 'floating life' between worlds and identities.
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Ruffian in Waiting
James Murray
Born in 1961 as the cult of modern celebrity began, Diana Spencer died in Paris in 1997, a cult supernova, trailing the legend Princess of Hearts rather than the title HRH Princess of Wales. But like all legends hers has might-have-beens.
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The Dystopia in the Desert. The silent culture of Australia’s remotest Aboriginal communities
Tadhgh Purtill
The Ngaanyatjarra Lands, deep in WA, are home to the countrys most remote Aboriginal communities. Beset by social problems, the communities and their residents are detached from mainstream Australia by factors of distance and culture
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The Battle of Parramatta 21 to 22 March 1797
Jonathan Lim
The enigmatic figure of Pemulwuy, the Darug leader who dared to rebel against white settlers, haunts the story of the early colonisation of NSW in particular, the remarkable incident known as the Battle of Parramatta
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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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The Boy From Snowy River
Fred Silcock
Jem Tyler is thirteen years old when he arrives at Foxhow station on the Snowy River in the year 1880. He is illiterate. But he has ambitions.
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So You Can See In The Dark: and other Indian essays
Claudia Hyles
Claudia Hyles has had a lifetime of journeys to the sub-continent, and here she paints India's colour, complexity and vitality vividly.
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Famous People Who Have Met Me and Other Stories: The Photography of Greg Noakes
Greg Noakes
The best photographs from award-winning Australian photographer Greg Noakes's archives, from the hedonistic highs of a rampant Cold Chisel to the devastation of Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires
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Inspector Anders and the Prague Dossier
Marshall Browne
Inspector Anders Europols top terrorism investigator and Mafia nemesis is ordered to Prague, tasked with locating a mysterious, unpublished dossier said to detail explosive allegations against the Czech Republics most eminent business leaders
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In the Valley of the Weed
Michael Wilding
Tim Vicars disappears. Has his research project on decriminalizing marijuana provoked the growers, dealers and intelligence agencies to direct action? Plant, hired to find him, heads off into the Valley of the Weed.
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So Much Smoke
Félix Calvino
Short stories inspired by Calvinos own experiences as a migrant who moved from Spain to Australia. Hardships and small joys of village life in Spain vs the search for material security in Australia.
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The Mill: Experiments in Theatre and Community
Meredith Rogers
The Mill Theatres life was short, but its legacy has been substantial. This book brings to light the work of a company largely ignored in broad-brush histories, and the profound impact it had on theatre workers and students who were touched by it.
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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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From Small Beginnings: The Victorian School of Languages
Catherine Bryant, Bruno Mascitelli
More than a mere chronological recount of milestones and achievements of the VSL over its 80-year history, but a nuanced, analytical, and critical account of what is arguably one of Victorias greatest educational assets
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Wrest Point: The Life, The Times and The People of Tasmania's Hotel
Graeme Tonks, Mark Dibben
A history of the Wrest Point Hotel, a beacon of Tasmania's tourism industry
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Lu Xun and Australia
Mabel Lee, Chiu-yee Cheung, Sue Wiles
Lu Xun's creative genius and profound erudition in Western philosophy and literature, contributed to his effortlessly writing this first example of modern Chinese literature - A Madmans Diary
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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 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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‘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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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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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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Four Weeks One Summer: When It All Went Wrong
Nicholas Whitlam
In the summer of 1936, over just four weeks, it all went wrong. The Spanish Civil War was on. Edward VIII took a scandalous holiday cruise with Mrs Simpson, Berlin staged the greatest sporting event of modern times, the alternative Peoples Olympiad never came to be, and Barcelona was transformed into a unique workers paradise. All this in four weeks.
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Legal History Journal Vol 16.2
Amanda Scardamaglia, Jessica Lake
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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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Going Native: The Passions of Philip Jacks
Rohan Price
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A Prescription for Action: The Life of Dr Janet Irwin
Susan Currie
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The Secret Lecturer: An Insider's Guide to Working in a Modern University
A darkly humorous look at what it is really like to work in a modern Australian university. None of the information contained here is a secret, although most universities will wish it were.
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The Rich Tradition of Republicanism
Graham Maddox
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Tuscan Places: Antipodeans Seeking More than Michelangelo
Desmond O'Grady
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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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Guy Gaunt: The Boy From Ballarat Who Talked America Into the Great War
Anthony Delano
Guy Gaunt built a career by playing outside the rules. He dodged his way up the ranks of the Royal Navy, married for money, snatched up a country estate, won a seat in Parliament and faked his disappearance to run off with the wife of the Kings doctor. His infiltration of Americas leadership changed the course of history
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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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Deutschland über Allah! Germany, Gallipoli and The Great War
John F. Williams
John Williams examination of the German perspective of Gallipoli brings into relief the place of the campaign in the First World War as a whole. Through German eyes, what finally tipped the balance of the campaign was the brilliance and audacity of a lone-wolf U-boat commander.
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Dr Edward Swarbreck Hall: Colonial Medical Scientist & Moral Activist
Stefan Petrow, Carey Denholm
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Belvedere Woman
Ian Callinan
Sandra Rentle knows she is trapped in a fast-fading world of old money and snobbery and the life she'd become accustomed had long been little more than a delusion.
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From St Petersburg to Port Jackson: Russian Travellers’ Tales of Australia 1807-1912
Kevin Windle, Elena Govor, Alexander Massov
A collection of reports, notes and memoirs from Russian officers, recording their impressions of colonial Australia, the convict system, the indigenous peoples, the life of the settlers and the wild life of the continent
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Trust & Betrayal: Morality and the Emotions in Surgery
David Macintosh
David Macintosh is a former surgeon and an ethicist who writes with candour, insight and eloquence about empathy, practical wisdom, rationality and human frailty, factors that bear profoundly upon our understanding of trust. He sees trust as a burden a doctor must accept for all patients. It imposes an obligation that goes to the core of a doctors character.
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Goldfields and the Gothic
David Waldron
Generations of Australians have grown up with the legend of Eureka and the familiar images of the gold rush in central Victoria. However, underneath these commonly known stories lies a stranger and darker past. As well as colonists, pioneers, soldiers and rebel miners, the colonial goldfields were home to spiritualists, secret societies, ghost-hoaxers, bunyip legends and murderers
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Community Cultural Development: Challenges and Connections
Martin Comte
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A Lemnos Odyssey: From Jason and The Argonauts to the ANZACs at Gallipoli. The Story of the Greek Island of Lemnos
Tony Whitefield, Roger Hawthorn
From Jason and The Argonauts to the ANZACS at Gallipoli. The Story of the Greek island of Lemnos
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Growing Wild
Michael Wilding
A career that is remarkable for how prolific and innovative it has been in so many areas, whether Wilding was working as a short story writer, novelist, critic, editor, commentator, anthologist, or publisher
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Leading Social Work
Jane Miller
The history of social work education at the University of Melbourne, tracing the influences that would ultimately shape social work as a new profession in Australia. This exploration of 75 years of teaching and research pays tribute to the people who have had a critical impact on the profession.
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Alias Blind Larry: The Mostly True Memoir of James Laurence The Singing Convict
Rob Wills
Alias Blind Larry is a convict story, an adventure story, a colonial story, a Jewish story, a theatrical story. A fascinating piece of history, untold until now. Through the narrative of Laurences life, it re-creates a whole period of history.
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From Strength to Strength
Allan M. Blanch
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The Artist Curates
Ruth Johnstone
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A Funny Course for a Woman
Rosemary Balmford
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Tom Petsinis
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Craig McGregor
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The Soul of ANZAC
John Dermot Millar
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Colonial Australian Trade Mark Law
Amanda Scardamaglia
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The Secret Seduction and the Enigma of Attraction
Victoria Thompson
A beautiful and compelling story for those who want to lose themselves in a tale of love, lust and betrayal, as well as those who are interested in psychology
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The Gatekeepers of Australian Foreign Policy 1950–1966
Adam Hughes Henry
A significant event in 20th-century Australian history: the transition from the liberal foreign policy approach of the Chifley Labor government to the more strident anti-communism of the conservative Menzies government
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Labor's Historic Mission
Brian Ellis
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All Hail The Leaders: The Australian Labor Party and Political Leadership
Glenn Kefford
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The Manner of their Going: Prime Ministerial Exits from Lyne to Abbott
Norman Abjorensen
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Rozzi Bazzani
Hector Crawford - a name synonymous with Australian TV. This compelling story recounts how, as Crawfords influence grew, the off screen politics employed by networks and rivals to diminish his companys power became as exciting as any of his on screen dramas
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The Blessing
Adrian Caesar
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Nothing Sacred
Linda Weste
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French Lives in Australia
Ivan Barko, Eric Berti
The twenty-four French figures who contributed to Australia's economic, cultural and social development
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A Far Cry: Town Crying in the Antipodes
Anne Doggett
For a century and a half town criers walked the streets of Australian towns, ringing their bells and conveying their messages. This fascinating account is the first to tell their full story.
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What is a Social Relation?: An Apprenticeship in Sociological Imagination
Ann Game, Andrew Metcalfe
An author and reader collaborative exploration of the fundamental logic of social relationships, sociological thinking and practice
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Land and Livelihoods in Papua New Guinea
Tim Anderson
In Papua New Guinea powerful interests have their eyes on land. At stake are the livelihoods of most of the countrys seven million people, mostly in rural areas. This book examines their economic options
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The Diaries of Frank Hurley 1912-1941
Christopher Lee, Robert Dixon, Frank Hurley
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Ginger in Australian Food and Medicine
Leonie A. Ryder
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Financial Crime Risks, Globalisation and the Professions
David Chaikin
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The Sabre & the Shawl: A Romance
Marshall Browne
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Walking With Time
Nicholas Lyon Gresson
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Always Almost Modern: Australian Print Cultures and Modernity
David Carter
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Félix Calvino
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Proud to be a Wharfie
Jim Beggs
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Challenging the Humanities
Tony Bennett
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There and Back with a Dinkum
Paul Skrebels, Claire Woods, W.R.G. Colman
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Incognita: The Invention and Discovery of Terra Australis
Allen Mawer, G. A. Mawer
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Duelling Surgeon, Colonial Patriot: The Remarkable Life of William Bland
Robert Lehane
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