Linda Wells / Living in Tin: The Bungalow, Alice Springs, 1914–1929
As well as presenting the fascinating and pivotal story of the Bungalow in Alice Springs from 1914 to 1929, this work offers a model for new ways of creative, postcolonial storytelling about Australia, her history and her present, and the inextricable links between the two.
Leann Richards / What Goes Up: Australian Juggling to World War I
This book discusses hoop rolling, plate spinning, traditional club and ball juggling, hat juggling and lots of balancing.
Jeff Brownrigg / Heaven, Earth and Canberra: Shakespeare and the Ghosts of Australia's National Film and Sound Archive
The National Film and Sound Archive has been touted as Australia’s most haunted building.
Linley Walker / Lizzie's Journey to Yarra Bend
Lunacy is a crime when Lizzie sets foot in the new colony of Victoria in 1855. Based on extensive research, this is the story of her struggle with mental illness.
David Bailes / Black White Red: A poetic history of Central Australia
In 2002, David’s interest in the family history led to the discovery of the Aboriginal Bailes. David became very close to Billy Bailes, who was the senior member of their Aboriginal family. Billy’s stories and knowledge inspired David to write the fascinating history of their family.
Colleen Keating / Olive Muriel Pink: Her radical and idealistic life: A poetic journey
Olive Pink is one of Australia's unsung heroines. In this original and deeply moving biographical verse novel, Colleen Keating enables Olive Pink’s experiences with Aboriginal people in Central Australia to emerge with sensitivity, intellectual curiosity, understanding and grace.
Marina Lutz / Somers Commonwealth Immigration Camp: Memories of Teaching at Victorian School No. 4653 in 1950
Here was a woman of unique experience. She was a living piece of Australia’s history.
Brian H. Jones / Happy People
Happy People traces the perspectives of settlers on Indigenous Australians, from the first settlement during 1788 until the military excursions and Governor Macquarie’s ‘emergency’ measures put a forceful and localised end to the conflict on the southern border of the colony during 1816-17.
Kathryn Spurling / Bureaucracy, Bankers and Bastards: a farmer's story
Bill Mott had trusted his bank and lost everything: his land, his home, his livelihood, his future, his children’s inheritance and his marriage.
John Biggs / Waves of Unreason: Australian Prime Ministers in the 21st Century
This book illustrates just how destructive neoliberalism has been to ordinary citizens, and how the two-party system has been corrupted by greedy politicians who have placed their own and corporate interests above those of the people they are supposed to be representing.
Bill Hampel / Mallee Roots
Mallee Roots is an account of the rich community culture of Walpeup, a small, remote Mallee town in the years 1942 to 1956. Isolated from bigger centres by gravel roads and distance, life demanded a high degree of interdependence and sharing.
Craig Cormick / Backseat Drivers
Backseat Drivers is a hilarious and biting satire on the intersection and byways of the past, the present and the future.
Terry Fewtrell / George, Elise and a mandarin / Identity in Early Australia
‘Terry Fewtrell has produced a very lucid piece of social history. His book is grounded in a keen understanding of the milieu of his family, yet at all times, Fewtrell maintains a clear and engaging manner.’ - Dr Ray Kerkhove, historian
Robert Lehane / William Bede Dalley
‘This remarkable book... Robert Lehane has captured the very flavour of late-colonial society, from the bushranging days to the 1888 Centennial.’ - Reviews in Australian Studies
Robert Lehane / Forever Carnival
‘…deserves to be read by all those with an interest in the Irish diaspora, the history of New South Wales or the study of modern Catholicism’ – Australasian Journal of Irish Studies
Jennifer Horsfield / Building a City: C.S. Daley and the story of Canberra
Canberra residents have little reason to know Charles Daley’s name or be aware of the details of his life in Victoria as a teacher, botanist, writer and historian. But they might be more familiar with the name of his eldest son, Charles Studdy (C.S.) Daley, whose close connection with the story of Canberra for over fifty years is the subject of this book.
Robert Lehane / Irish Gold
One route to wealth during the 1850s and ’60s gold rushes was uncovering a nugget or glittering seam. A much more certain alternative was owning inns on roads to the goldfields. Irish Gold tells the story of two enterprising Irish settlers, Jeremiah Lehane and Miles Murphy, who adopted the second course and, with their families, led action-packed lives in the Yass-Young region of southern NSW.
Dale Blair / No Quarter: Unlawful Killing and Surrender in the Australian War Experience 1915-18
One of the rarely discussed aspects of the experience of soldiers in the First World War was the refusal to take prisoners during battle and in some cases the killing of prisoners in the front line. No Quarter investigates the degree to which Australian soldiers were participants in this practice both as victims and perpetrators.