A very readable and very lively portrayal of Australia’s evolution, beginning with the Aborigines and the coming of white men, the First Fleet’s progress to Botany Bay and Governor Phillip’s harangue to the convicts in his charge. Convicts and settlers, architecture, exploration, immigrants and squatters, politics and culture, gold rushes, radicals and nationalists and world wars – it’s all here. Illustrated with black and white photographs and sketches.