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  • Last Woman Hangedby Caroline Overington

    HarperCollins Publishers 2014; US$ 21.21

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Australian Confederatesby Terry Smyth

    Random House Australia 2015; US$ 23.20

    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...

  • Life of George Bassby Miriam Estensen

    Allen & Unwin 2005; US$ 27.26

    A full account of the life, times and mysterious disappearance of George Bass, one of Australia's most significant maritime explorers, from the author of the highly acclaimed Discovery and The Life of Matthew Flinders. more...

  • The Literacy Warsby Ilana Snyder

    Allen & Unwin 2008; US$ 29.95

    Is there a crisis in literacy education in Australia? Or are claims our children are being taught by methods that don't work just a beat up by political conservatives? The Literacy Wars cuts through the passionate claims and counterclaims to explain what's happening in our classrooms and why they've become a battleground. more...

  • Alice on the Lineby Doris Blackwell; Douglas Lockwood

    New Holland Publishers (Australia) 2008; US$ 9.95

    This true story of life at the Alice at the turn of the century is not only a book of great historical interest, it reflects a deep love for the country and the people. more...