A history of corporate collapse in Australia from the first bank closure in the 1820s, through the four great recessions of the 1840s, 1890s, 1920s and the 1970s.  Many famous names make their appearance:  Lachlan Macquarie, John MacArthur, Alfred Deakin, Benjamin Boyd and Claude de Bernales, just to name a few.  The author has written from the priveleged position of the insider and observed and recounted many of the corporate collapses as they occurred.