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  • The Great Raceby David Hill

    Little, Brown Book Group 2014; Not Available

    On the afternoon of 8 April 1802, in the remote southern ocean, two explorers had a remarkable chance encounter. Englishman Matthew Flinders and Frenchman Nicolas Baudin had been sent by their governments on the same quest: to explore the uncharted coast of the great south land and find out whether the west and east coasts, four thousand kilometres... more...

  • Australians in Papua New Guinea 19601975by Ceridwen Spark; Seumas Spark; Christina Twomey

    University of Queensland Press 2014; US$ 15.99

    Australians in Papua New Guinea provides a history of the late Australian years in Papua New Guinea through the eyes of 13 Australians and four Papua New Guineans by presenting the experiences of Australians who went to work in Papua New Guinea (PNG) over several decades before the 1970s. This extraordinary book balances expatriates with indigenous... more...

  • Last Woman Hangedby Caroline Overington

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; US$ 20.77

    One woman. Two husbands. Four trials. One bloody execution. The last woman hanged in NSW. In January 1889, Louisa Collins, a 41-year-old mother of ten children, became the first woman hanged at Darlinghurst Gaol and the last woman hanged in New South Wales. Both of Louisa's husbands died suddenly. the Crown was convinced that Louisa poisoned them... more...

  • Burning Bushby Stephen J. Pyne

    Henry Holt and Co. 2014; US$ 8.99

    Stephen J. Pyne is a professor at Arizona State University West and theauthor of seven books, including Fire in America, and Fire on the Rim. more...

  • Champagne From Six to Sixby Peter M. Shea

    SBPRA 2014; US$ 2.99

    In mid-19th-century Australia, like its counterparts in California and Chile, there was a focus on the rush for gold. Given the sobriquet "diggers," men arrived in the tens of thousands from all points of the globe. In often remote bush settings, makeshift towns quickly sprouted in the foothills, valleys, and plateaus leading to the Blue Mountains... more...

  • Mawson's Remarkable Menby David Jensen

    Allen & Unwin 2015; US$ 29.99

    Who were the men who set off with Douglas Mawson on his heroic exploration of Antarctica? A fascinating and illuminating memoir of the intrepid adventurers who helped shape the legend. more...

  • Lasseter's Goldby Warren Brown

    Hachette Australia 2015; US$ 22.73

    Is there a field of gold lying in the Australian outback, where nuggets are ?as thick as plums in a pudding?? more...

  • Australian Confederatesby Terry Smyth

    Random House Australia 2015; US$ 22.72

    IN the summer of 1865, when a Confederate warship sailed into the port of Melbourne, 42 men secretly enlisted to fight for the South in the American Civil War. On the notorious raider Shenandoah - scourge of the Yankee merchant fleet - they sailed off to adventure and controversy, and fired the last shot of the war. When the Shenandoah - ... more...

  • Mateshipby Nick Dyrenfurth

    Scribe Publications Pty Ltd. 2015; US$ 20.99

    A ?mate? is a mate, right? Wrong, argues Nick Dyrenfurth in this provocative new look at one of Australia?s most talked-about beliefs. In the first book-length exploration of our secular creed, one of Australia?s leading young historians and public commentators turns mateship?s history upside down. Covering more than 200 years of white-settler history,... more...

  • The Many Deaths of Mary Dobieby David Murray Hastings

    Auckland University Press 2015; US$ 23.99

    ?Dreadful murder at Opunake?, said the Taranaki Herald , ?Shocking outrage?, cried the Evening Post in Wellington when they learned in November 1880 that a young woman called Mary Dobie had been found lying under a flax bush near Opunake on the Taranaki coast with her throat cut so deep her head was almost severed. In the midst of tensions between... more...