Scandals, disasters, shocks and crises: 1932 could truly be described as one of the most electrifying years in Australian history, alive with unforgettable characters and momentous events. So much happened in that fateful year, becoming the stuff of enduring national legend: the Sydney Harbour Bridge opened by surprise with the slashing sword of Captain Francis de Groot; the birth of the Australian Broadcasting Commission; the mysterious death of the beloved race horse Phar Lap; the controversial dismissal of NSW Premier Jack Lang; and the start of cricket’s infamous Bodyline series. Ivy Field, in the most notorious divorce case of the decade, sued for today’s equivalent of $350,00 in alimony to support her lifestyle of imported lace underwear and $5000 dresses. Overshadowing all else, the Great Depression seemed to single Australians out for special punishment, pushing a fragile young society to the brink of disintegration. By 1932 – the worst of it – a third of the population had been reduced to living like refugees in their own land while a lucky few emerged rich as third world rajahs. Dead men were walking – the tens of thousands of joblessĀ  tramp the bush roads, and among them, the prime suspect in a brutal murder. And 1932 was also a year that would see dauntless courage and endurance as ordinary Australians weathered a global catastrophe and become a critical turning point for a country balanced between its colonial past and its independent future. Illustrated with historical black and white photographs.