Winter 2016

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Mrs Whitlam

Marnie Clark of Curdie Vale can ride but she doesn’t have a horse. She dreams of owning one and having the whole world to ride it in. Before too long Marnie is gifted Mrs Margaret ‘Maggie’ Whitlam, a beautiful, big Clydesdale – bold, fearless and able to jump anything. [click to continue…]

Kate Grenville’s novel The Secret River moved and exhilarated many people when it was first published in 2005. Readers marvelled at the subtlety of its language, and the power of Grenville’s story- telling. And they recognised that this simple tale of a poor convict family settling on the banks of the Hawkesbury River in the early nineteenth century represented a landmark moment in Australian fiction. Grenville had taken the novel to the frontier of European settlement and written a profoundly original and disturbing work about what happened there.

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Swallow the Air

When May’s mother dies suddenly, she and her brother Billy are taken in by Aunty. However, their loss leaves them both searching for their place in a world that doesn’t seem to want them. While Billy takes his own destructive path, May sets off to find her father and her Aboriginal identity. Her journey leads her from the Australian east coast to the far north, but it is the people she meets, not the destinations, that teach her what it is to belong.

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Many of these stories are told by the pioneers themselves, showing how they lived in the 1880s and 1890s. Their stories are true memories handed down to me when I was a lad over sixty years ago.

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The Broken Shore

Sir Samuel Griffith belonged to an age in which a person could fully explore their diverse interests and make a significant contribution to the community in not one but many fields.

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Brisbane in the fifties. The Fingleton kids don’t have much, but Tony always knew he could be someone special. He just didn’t know how. Until his father Harold realised how fast Tony and his kid brother could swim, and starrted training them to beat the world.

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Federation was a time for Australians to show their patriotism, and so they did even in Brisbane. But it was a parochial patriotism which infected Brisbane and sternly declared. ‘Queensland for the Queenslanders”.

On 2 September 1899 Queensland voted in favour of federation, while the capital returned a strong ‘no’ vote. This volume considers the impact of impending federation and its aftermath by examining the Brisbane political, commercial and social Scene.

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Coast Road

Robert Gray is one of Australia’s most acclaimed poets. Among his many prizes are the Patrick White Award, the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, and the Australia…

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This unique collection provides interesting and informative historical accounts of our journey from different pasts to one future as Australians.

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Yungaba 1887-1987

A centenary celebration provides the ideal perspective from which to view the past.

The century separating the Immigration Depot of 1887 from the Yungaba of 1987 has encompassed much more than the disparity between a six week sea voyage and twenty six hours in the air, or a change from relief centre to translation service. those hundred years have seen a shift in traditional attitudes and the recognition that we now live in a multi-cultural society.

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Fair Food

Australia’s food system is more than just broken: it’s killing us. Now is the time to act, to make a difference – to change the world. The groundbreaking Fair Food tells the new story of food: how food and farming in Australia are dramatically transforming at the grassroots level towards reconnection, towards healing – of […]

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Blackguards and Scoundrels of Colonial Queensland

The days of our colonist ancestors were rough and tough …

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The Baghdad Blog

In September 2002 a 29 year old Iraqi man living in Baghdad began publishing a diary on the internet. He adopted the name Salam Pax and wrote in complete secrecy. He was taking a terrible risk in writing freely about the dictatorship of Saddam Hussein.

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Raparapa – Stories from the Fitzroy River Drovers

Raparapa is the raw and gritty history of the Aboriginal drovers and stockmen of the Kimberley. The determination of Senior Nyikina lawman, John Watson, to present an Aboriginal perspective has produced personal stories that show how these hard-working men adapted to station life and why they became the backbone of the pastoral industry in northern […]

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Before I Sleep

In the early 1970s, Queensland was a haven for crooks from both sides of the law. It was into this hothouse that Ray Whitrod was controversially appointed as police commissioner in 1970. Just six years later he resigned from the head role of the Queensland Police Force, no longer willing to tolerate the interference of […]

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Brisbane: The Ethnic Presence Since 1850’s

The papers provide overviews of several ethnic groups during these periods. The papers are based on detailed research of historical sources by writers who are distinguished for the originality and calibre of their work.

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Figurehead

What if you saved a man’s life and he went on to play a leading role in one of the bloodiest revolutions of modern times? Ted Whittlemore, a radical Australian journalist, does just that. In the late ‘60s, he saves Nhem Kiry, soon to become known as ‘Pol Pot’s mouthpiece’. The consequences haunt him for […]

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Finding Eliza

Aboriginal lawyer, writer and filmmaker Larissa Behrendt has long been fascinated by the story of Eliza Fraser, who was purportedly captured by the Butchulla people after she was shipwrecked on their island in 1836. In this deeply personal book, Behrendt uses Eliza’s tale as a starting point to interrogate how Aboriginal people – and indigenous […]

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The Bush and the Never Never

Crisp as a whipcrack and told at a lively pace, The Bush and the Never Never is full of colourful people, bizarre incidents (comic and tragic) and little-known facts about bush life in Australia. Its subjects range from the occupations and preoccupations of bushmen and women to the hazards of life in the bush – […]

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Memoirs from the Corner Country

Nanna was an imposing woman. She was large and dark, with strong arms and silver hair. Her scars bore testament to her adven- tures.

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