Leann Richards / The First Merry Widow: The Life of Carrie Moore
Born near the docks in Geelong, Carrie Moore was destined to become the queen of the Edwardian stage. From the bright lights of London to the vaudeville halls of Hobart, Carrie captivated audiences around the world.
Leann Richards / Houdini's Tour of Australia
When escapologist Harry Houdini toured Australia in 1910 he brought magic, mystique, his wife and an aeroplane. Houdini conquered crowds and nearly caused riots, he escaped straitjackets and shackles and flew through the air.
Christine Ingleton / Mim's Story
Orphaned at four, growing up at a time when the stigma of illegitimacy was lifelong, divorce scandalous, and cruelty in the home left to take its course, my mother confessed her shameful origins to her children only when she was in her sixties. She died without knowing who her father was. But a subsequent chance meeting in her birthplace Broken Hill revealed more to her family than she ever knew. Despite hardship and tragedy, Mim lngleton had the resilience, energy, intelligence and love to raise three children, organise South Australia’s first community kindergarten, support Adelaide‘s early initiatives for young people with disabilities, and mentor international students. This is her story.
Otto Gaczol with Andrew Gaczol / One Life, Three Countries
With the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, the last of that generation who lived through it are slowly departing the stage. Otto Gaczol and his life were profoundly shaped by that war. As an ethnic German boy who grew-up in pre-war Poland, he lived through the Nazi occupation just 30 kilometres away from Auschwitz and then, in January 1945, fled west as a 14-year-old refugee when the Red Army turned the tide against the Wehrmacht and made its way to Berlin. As a young adult, he took advantage of Australia’s large-scale post-war immigration programme to come here for what he thought would be a two-year adventure. It ended up being much longer than that.
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
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.
Hugh Capel / Where the Dead Men Lie: The story of Barcroft Boake, Bush Poet of The Monaro
Barcroft Boake’s star blazed briefly and brightly as an Australian bush poet for little more than a year before he took his own life by hanging himself by his stockwhip in 1892 on the shore of Sydney Harbour. Barcroft’s life was touched by romance, adventure and, finally, tragedy. In Where the Dead Men Lie, his story is told as an imaginative work of fiction, to bring the characters to life.
Lisa Milner / Swimming Against the Tide: A Biography of Freda Brown
Freda Brown was a political activist in the women’s, peace, and anti-apartheid movements, both in Australia and overseas. A passionate believer in equality, she occupied her busy life with action and organisation. While some of her greatest achievements can be seen in her work in helping to establish and lead pioneering women’s organisations, she travelled widely also in the service of political, peace and anti-racism causes.
Marilyn Revill / Aubrey's Game
With his engaging wit, Aub was a fascinating character. Generous, talented and warm on one hand, he could also be austere, critical and unwittingly selfish on the other.
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