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Skewiff / The Meaning of Australia

Passage to Pusan

Australia boasts some of the most imaginative place names in the world. Ever wondered what they mean?
This highly entertaining dictionary is packed full of alternative meanings that offer a slightly skewed view of what it is to be Australian!
Also available in ePUB format.

Passage to Pusan

Passage to Pusan

A harrowing account of the life of a Brisbane mother whose son was killed in the Korean War, and her battle to make the journey to find her beloved first-born child’s grave. Journalist Louise Evans has written an evocative tale of Thelma Healey’s escape from a violent husband and the drudgery she endured to realise her dream of being with her son one last time.

Ride On Mowers

Ride On Mowers

A delightful collection of stories about life in the country written by Kathy Mexted. Kathy’s comedic touch makes for a highly entertaining little book, illustrated with spectacular photographs showcasing the best of the Hanging Rock and Woodend area.

A Trip Over the Australian Alps

A Trip over the Australian Alps

In 1891, Harry Langham and friends from Melbourne University and the YMCA ramblers club began an adventure that became a lifelong passion, exploring the alpine peaks of Victoria. Reproducing original historic photographs and diary, this book by Wendy Hebbard documents the journey of the group as they explore their way across the mountains and follows up with the illustrated lecture later given by Langham.

In these days long before ski lodges and tourist facilities, and horrifyingly ill-equipped by modern standards, the young men make their way from peak to snowy peak, sometimes battling snow storms, sometimes halted by the sheer breathtaking beauty and spiritual essence of the rugged alpine region. Incredibly, their snow shoes are handmade with bits of wood and rope. Their clothes are more suited to a day at the races. Struck by the beauty of the scenes they encountered across places such as Buffalo, Hotham, the Gorge, Feathertop, Blowhard and more, these men returned to the Alps for many years to come. This unique record contains hundreds of historic photographs.

Gallipoli Eyewitness

Lt Gerald Gibson arrived in Egypt in December 1914 with a camera, two notebooks and his car appropriated to the Light Horse Brigade. He had no idea the following months in this ancient land would be the precursor to participation in one of Australia’s most dramatic theatres of war – Gallipoli. Through the extraordinary events of the Anzac invasion of Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula, he became eyewitness to an event that has been commemorated in Australia for nearly 100 years.

Gibson’s diary challenges some long-held beliefs about Gallipoli but, more importantly, with his unique collection of photographs it also paints a dramatic picture of life at an event that has emerged as one of the defining moments in Australia’s history.

The Baarmutha Story:

A Social and Political History The Baarmutha Story

Joan Hilderbrand examines Victoria’s Beechworth goldfields and the social and political context within which the goldfields developed from the 1850s to the 1870s. She taps into a rich vein of family histories and contemporary accounts to produce a detailed and evocative picture of the lives of early miners.

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Haystacks & Hellfire:

European Settlement in South Gisborne. Haystacks & Hellfire

Explores the origins of white settlement in South Gisborne, a farming district known in the Gold Rush as Cabbage Tree/Couangalt whose story involves Melbourne’s elite as well as the ‘small voices’ of Victoria’s colonial history.

Thorough and scholarly research on early families and their lives is backed up with hundreds of historic pictures.

The book details the pioneer squatters of the 1830s and the immigrants who arrived with the Gold Rush in the 1850s. Families include Adeney, Aitken, Akhurst, Allardice, Ashe, Barwise, Beaty, Beattie, Borbidge, Bruce, Benson, Callery, Clarke, Collyer, Crow, Deverall, Dixon, Fell, Fillingham, Funston, Gilligan, Jenkins, Kennedy, Levack, Liddy, Lidgett, Lock, Martin, McCorkell, McGeorge, Pfeil, Short, Townsing, Tweddle, Watson, Weigall, Wilson, Woodworth.

Haystacks & Hellfire draws on documentary sources, old newspapers, written recollections and dozens of interviews to take readers on a journey through the district’s family lives from the earliest days up to the beginnings of the commuter culture in the 1970s.

Second edition available.

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