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Salt Story: Of Sea-Dogs and Fisherwomen

by Sarah Drummond

In this warm, lively account of living on and by the sea, Sarah Drummond writes of life as an apprentice fisherwoman. Through her firsthand experience with small-scale commercial fishing in the Great Southern,...


Kayang & Me

by Kim Scott & Hazel Brown

A monumental family history of Australia's Wilomin Noongar people, this is a powerful story of community and belonging. Revealing the deep and enduring connections between family, country, culture, and history...


Spinning the Dream: Assimilation in Australia 1950-1970

by Anna Haebich

In Spinning the Dream, multi-award-winning historian Anna Haebich re-evaluates the experience of Assimilation in Australia, providing a meticulously researched and masterfully written assessment of its implications...


Broken Circles

by Anna Haebich

This major work reveals the dark heart of the history of the Stolen Generations in Australia. It shows that, from the earliest times of European colonization, Aboriginal Australians experienced the trauma of...


Orphans of the Living

by Joanna Penglase

Drawing on interviews, submissions to the Senate Inquiry, and personal experience, this revealing documentation describes, for the first time, the experience of Forgotten Australians from the perspective of...


Heartsick for Country: Stories of Love, Spirit and Creation

by Sally Morgan, Tjalaminu Mia & Blaze Kwaymullina

The stories in this anthology speak of the love between Aboriginal peoples and their countries. They are personal accounts that share knowledge, insight and emotion, each speaking of a deep connection to country...


Speaking from the Heart: Stories of Life, Family and Country

by Sally Morgan, Blaze Kwaymullina & Tjalaminu Mia

Eighteen Aboriginal Australians from across the country share powerful stories that are central to their lives, family, community, or country. The stories provide a very personal picture of the history, culture,...


The Last Whale

by Chris Pash

At the end of the 1970s, one young reporter bears witness to the final days of Australia’s whaling industry. Thirty years after the last whale was captured and slaughtered in Australia, this incisive account...


Sydney Anglicans

by Stephen Judd & Kenneth Cable

From its origins as a convict chaplaincy to the challenges of expansion today, Sydney Diocese has grown through turbulent years of Church-State controversy and the traumas of economic depression and war. Throughout...


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...


First Footprints: The Epic Story of the First Australians

by Scott Cane

First Footprints tells the extraordinary story of the Aboriginal people of Australia. How they made their way out of Africa 60,000 years ago, and how they survived across this vast continent, from the harsh...


Australians in Papua New Guinea 19601975

by Ceridwen Spark, Seumas Spark & Christina Twomey

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...


Australian History in Seven Questions

by John Hirst

'If there are genuine questions about Australian history, there is something to puzzle over. The history ceases to be predictable- and dull.'

From the author of The Shortest History of Europe, acclaimed historian...


Freedom on the Fatal Shore: Australia's First Colony

by John Hirst

Freedom on the Fatal Shore brings together John Hirst's two books on the early history of New South Wales. Both are classic accounts which have had a profound effect on the understanding of our history. This...


Looking for Australia

by John Hirst

What are the qualities at the heart of Australian culture? How did they arise? What distinguishes us from other nations beyond a fondness for calling each other 'mate'? And what do such national quirks reveal...


Out of Luck: Poor Australians and Social Welfare 1788-1988

by Stephen Garton

Out of Luck uncovers the history of the many who have always had to struggle hard to survive in this 'lucky' country and who have seldom shared in the rewards of a well endowed society. Stephen Garton draws...


The Luck of the Irish: How a shipload of convicts survived the wreck of the Hive to make a new life in Australia

by Babette Smith

The author of the bestselling Cargo of Women and Australia's Birthstain tracks the lives of Irish convicts who arrived in Australia the mid-1800s, uncovering a long-lasting influence of the Irish convicts on...


The Dead Do Not Die: "Exterminate All the Brutes" and Terra Nullius

by Sven Lindqvist, Joan Tate & Sarah Death

Sven Lindqvist is one of our most original writers on race, colonialism, and genocide, and his signature approach—uniting travelogues with powerful acts of historical excavation—renders his books devastating...


The Great Race: The Race Between the English and the French to Complete the Map of Australia

by David Hill

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...


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,...