Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction

//Autobiography/Bio/Non-Fiction
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  • The story of the greatest exploratory expedition ever performed in Man's history. It started in Melbourne; a convoy of sixteen men, twenty-four camels, innumerable pack-horses and a number of wagons carrying 20 tons of supplies. It ended with two exhausted, near-starving men, the leader and his second in command, deep in an impenetrable mangrove swamp on the edge of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Then began the long return trek, through swamp and desert, tormented by thirst and near starvation that reduced them to eating snakes and rats.   Illustrated with sketches and photographs..
  • Russell started his newspaper career with the Newcastle Chronicle before joining the Daily Express when it was launched by Arthur Pearson in 1900. He eventually moved to the Reuters News Agency where he became a special foreign correspondent. After covering the Gallipoli campaign he became on of the five journalists selected by the government to report the war on the Western Front. Over 1921 and 1922 he accompanied the Prince of Wales, the future Edward VIII, on a tour of Japan and India, writing during the course of the journey, which was, 'by no means conducive to quiet composition...'  Illustrated with black and white archival photographs.
  • A very well-done publication that covers the history of the Wollombi Valley: its indigenous people, the first settlers and settlements, its growth and decline; its bushrangers, the great houses and churches, the businesses and schools, historical buildings and the unique flora and fauna of the region. Illustrated with beautiful sketches and black and white photographs.
  • The colourful and exciting story of Australian aviation and the men who chanced their lives in the primitive 'box kites' and gliders that were literally made from wood, wire and fabric. Thanks to these men, it was not long before Australia was brought nearer to the rest of the world by spanning oceans and continents.  With fabulous archival photographs.
  • It's long been said that Australia is a man's country and it's only comparatively recently that women have begun to record and review their own experiences in order to understand the past more fully. For two hundred years, the fight's been on - for economic independence, social and political rights, in the women's movement and the labour movement. The research and recollection in this volume ranges from the flappers and their lifestyle, equal pay, the women pioneers of politics and social reform, from education in Adelaide in the early 1900s to life in North Queensland in World War II; from midwifery, child-bearing and child-rearing advice to sexual harassment; from the role women played in the Great Depression to the first years of women's liberation. With black and white photographs.
  • When Ted left home at the age of 16, his mother advised him:  "Keep sweet with the cook, tell the truth at all times and be a good listener."  He heeded this wise advice and now, he has a wonderful fund of bush tales, songs and poems from the characters he met during 40 years in  the Australian outback.  In this real-bushie volume: The Original E.T.; The Goanna Drover; Willow on Leather, Bush Style; Overseas Travel; The Two-Bottle Bog; A Skinner For The Books; The Man From Humpty Doo; The Borroloola Hermits; The Meanest Man I Ever Met; Puftaloons, Macaroons and Other High Risers; The Old S.K.; Marsupial Joe; International Brinkmanship; The Chinese Connection; The Barter System; The Shearers' Bicycle Blowout; The Good Old Droving Days; All AMong the Wool Boys; Shim Reen; The Rules of the Bush; Bush Telegraph; The Parragundy Stiffener; News Headlines; The Perils of the Outback; The Reluctant Saddler; Original Australian Humour.  
  • A charming account of life in Australia in the 1920s and 1930s, the recollections of a girl, the child of Yorkshire parents, who saw the world with a wry sense of humour and an irrepressible vitality.  This was a time when children were shushed  if they asked awkward questions and were encouraged to emulate the feminine in all things - an ideal too restrictive for a girl with a vivid imagination and a strong sense of self. 'We had art once a week and although I loved drawing, the lessons were so unimaginative I hated them. The teacher gave out books of rough dark paper and thick coloured chalks. Every drawing had to be exactly the same. A landscape was a line of dark blue hills across the middle of the paper ("Roslyn Downes, your hills are too high"), a straight road in bright brick red ("Stop winding that road!"), a tree and some grass ("A haystack? What on earth do you think you're doing?") It's no wonder that Taylor went on to write the quintessential rebellion poem  Please Don't Ask Me To Your Tupperware Party Sharleen.