From the best-selling author of Ned Kelly, Eureka, and The Native-born, A History of a Nation
Starting with the Aboriginal Dream Time and ending in the 21st century, this is the story of Australia.
In learning the ways of the land, Aborigines saw the mother-earth as a life-giving entity to be respected and cherished. They became one with it.
To Europeans, the land was a commodity lying open to their grasp. They prospered in their use of it, while degrading it and its people. Over almost ten generations, many of them also have come to understand and be one with the country.
Encompassing our Aboriginal heritage, the convict era, the opening of the land to white settlement, the golden days, depression and drought, the building of cities, railways and roads, Federation, nationalism, and the shift of focus from Europe to Asia, this history reveals a heritage built by all the men and women of Australia.