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War Time Poetry & Stories

by Greg Elliot

Greg Writes:

'These poems and short stories, including the letters to my wife Robyn, were written while I was at Forward Operating Base Tinsley in Afghanistan in 2011. I was a member of the Force Communications...

Waka Taua

by Jeff Evans

A Maori war canoe being paddled at full speed makes an awesome sight. Thanks to a renaissance in canoe building, more and more New Zealanders now have the chance to witness the traditional waka taua. Waka Taua...

Hustlers, Rogues and Bubble Boys

by Graeme Hunt

'White-collar-crime' is a term that only recently came into use in New Zealand. But as Graeme Hunt illustrates in this highly readable book, sharp practice and outright cons have been part of New Zealand's society...

Pukaki - a comet returns

by Paul Tapsell

Exploring the legacy of Pukaki, the ancestral father of Ngati Whakaue, a hapu (sub-tribe) of Te Arawa of Rotorua, this text also relates the history of the carving of Pukaki that featured in the Te Maori exhibition,...

Fantastic Dreaming: The Archaeology of an Aboriginal Mission

by Jane Lydon

Focusing on the archaeological investigation of a Moravian mission in southeastern Australia, the traditional country of the Wergaia-language speakers,Fantastic Dreaming examines how spatial organization, the...

Savage Harvest

by Carl Hoffman

The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally...

Historical Dictionary of Australian and New Zealand Cinema

by Errol Vieth & Albert Moran

This book is an introduction and guide to the film of Australia and New Zealand. It contains entries on many exceptional producers, directors, writers and actors, as well as films. But it also presents the early...

The Man on the Twenty Dollar Notes

by Everald Compton

The Royal Flying Doctor Service is a revered legend of the development of Australia as a caring nation. However, few Australians are aware of the man who founded itJohn Flynnusually known as Flynn of the Inland....

Captain Ronald Campbell of Bombala Station, Cambalong

by Ivor George Williams

Captain Ronald Campbell served in the British military in the first half of the nineteenth century, and his life and service speak to the hardships of army life around the world and in Sydney and New South Wales...

Soldiers in Different Armies

by Brenda Inglis-Powell

Family history research has been one of Brendas passions for the past twenty years. Finding the diaries of Albert Moore in the War Memorial was a particularly exciting find. As a result she wanted to tell the...

Searchlights, Slate Pencils, and Suspicions

by Pamela Davenport

These memoirs record life in Brisbane, Australia during the Second World War, as seen through the eyes of a child. Pamela Davenport was two and a half when the war began. She has vivid memories of this time....

The Three Brothers

by Stephen Marantelli

History with a mystery

The Great War is raging. Mysterious circumstances cast an aging George Washington into a strained dinner with Edmund Barton, Australia’s canny and pugnacious first prime minister.


The Food and Drink of Sydney

by Heather Hunwick

Sydney, famed for its setting and natural beauty, has fascinated from the day it was conceived as an end-of-the-world repository for British felons, to its current status as one of the world’s most appealing...

Backseat Drivers

by Craig Cormick

It’s a fact not yet universally acknowledged, that everybody should at some point in their lives attempt to follow in the footsteps of the explorers Hume and Hovell down the Hume Highway, preferably in the...

For Want of a Shilling

by Paul W. Feenstra

The mysterious Russian invasion hoax that shook colonial New Zealand

New Zealand, January 1873, in a sparsely populated coastal community on Wellington’s south coast, the peaceful lives of Owhiro Bay residents...

Freedom to Libel? : Samuel Marsden v. Philo Free

by Peter G. Bolt & Malcolm Falloon

This collection of essays explores the two libel cases (criminal and civil) prosecuted by Rev. Samuel Marsden against John Thomas Campbell in 1817, following the publication of the Philo Free letter. The event...

True Red

by Tuhoe 'Bruno' Isaac & Bradford Haami

Wearing the colour red, living by the ‘law of lawlessness’ and having the patch with the emblem of the mighty bulldog on your back was what ex-Mongrel Mob leader Tuhoe ‘Bruno’ Isaac called being True...

Federalism in Canada and Australia

by W.H. Heick, Bruce Hodgins & Don Wright

This book is a comparison of the history and politics of two sister societies, comparing Canada with Australia, rather than, as is traditional, with the United Kingdom or the United States. It is representative...

Born in 1948?  What else happened?

by Ron Williams

ABOUT THESE SERIES ....But after that, I realised that I knew very little about these parents of mine. They had been born about the start of the Twentieth Century, and they died in 1970 and 1980. For their last...

Germans in Tonga

by James Bade

Germans in Tonga is the culmination of an eight-year research project in which the author and his team of researchers gathered biographical material on Germans in Tonga. There are four main sources: the British...