John Burnley

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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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Forcibly Removed

A first book from public figure, community worker and raconteur, Albert Holt. Forcibly Removed is a personal story told with humour and a confidence that comes from experience and achievement.

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Forcibly Removed

A first book from public figure, community worker and raconteur, Albert Holt. Forcibly Removed is a personal story told with humour and a confidence that comes from experience and achievement. [click to continue…]

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Outlaws of the Kimberley Underworld

One hundred years ago, as the Boer War came to an end, the rugged Kimberley Range formed the roughest and most remote cattle-country in Australia. It was five days hard ride from the nearest township of Wyndhdam to Smokey’s Kimberley Underworld hideout. The police patrols sent out to arrest King Smokey faced a daunting task. The few passes through the forbidding King Leopold Ranges were guarded by fierce Aboriginal warriors known as munjons. The munjons waged a bitter war with the white stockmen; but for every spearing of the cudeas’ cattle, there were savage reprisals and massacres. [click to continue…]

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The Making of Modern Australia

From the joy of returned servicemen reunited with their families to the trepidation of migrants embarking on new lives, to falling in and out of love, to our beliefs and changing attitudes… [click to continue…]

The Naked Truth is the very personal story of Graeme Blundell – Australia’s first sex icon (by chance), a founder of the Melbourne’s theatre groups La Mama and Playbox, which showed audiences that actors could speak in Australian English, and now an acclaimed writer and journalist. [click to continue…]

These stories bring us face-to-face with heroism in unexpected places: in the form of a single mother facing down an Apache war party, or a whiskey-soaked drunk who wakes to find he’s the only hope for a town surrounded by marauders. [click to continue…]

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Patrol in the Dreamtime

Colin Macleod was a young public servant when, some forty years ago, he went to the Northern Territory in search of adventure. He took a job as a patrol officer, registering full-blood aborigines as wards of the State. [click to continue…]

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Bushman of the Red Heart

Bushman of the Red Heart celebrates not only Ben, but also his parents Liz and Sam Nicker and their work in Central Australia from the Arltunga Goldfields in 1903 to Ryan’s Well/Glen Maggie from 1914-1930. [click to continue…]

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From Gallipoli to Gaza

From Gallipoli to Gaza brings together, for the first time, poems written by men who served in the Middle East in world War One. The soldier-poets whose works appear in this unique collection include Rupert Brooke, Leon Gellert, A.P. Herbert, ‘Banjo’ Paterson, James Griffyth Fairfax, Harley Matthews, Clem Attlee, T.E. Lawrence, Edwin ‘Trooper Gerardy’ Gerard and Siegfried Sassoon. [click to continue…]

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The Gatton Murders

Boxing Day, 1898. Three members of the Murphy family – Michael, Ellen and Norah – are returning to the family farm after a trip in to Gatton, a small town west of Brisbane.

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Stories for the Old Man

From Australia’s favourite poet, Rupert McCall, here is a wonderfully heartwarming collection of poems which he has dedicated to his father and grandfather.

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Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The Story of Tom Kruse

The Birdsville Track is one of the best known – and loneliest – tracks in Australia, and for twenty years Tom was the mailman, battling the searing heat, floods and mechanical breakdowns.

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Toowong: A Community’s History

Toowong – a community’s history has been written by 16 authors, all from different walks of life but with specific connections to Toowong.  In writing their chapters, they drew on their own recollections and research as well as a store of happily-shared memories of other residents.

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Valley of Violence

‘Get off the land!’ Those were the orders from Tom Rothroy, boss of the big Kettle Ranch.  From the Moon Mountains to Desert End, he had his eye on the whole valley.

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Outlaws of the Kimberley

One hundred years ago, as the Boer War came to an end, the rugged Kimberley Range formed the roughest and most remote cattle-country in Australia.  

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