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Australian Settler Colonialism and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station - Redrawing Boundaries (Hardcover, New): Fiona Davis Australian Settler Colonialism and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station - Redrawing Boundaries (Hardcover, New)
Fiona Davis
R895 R753 Discovery Miles 7 530 Save R142 (16%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In 1938, the anthropologist Norman Tindale gave a classroom of young Aboriginal children a set of crayons and asked them to draw. The children, residents of the government-run Aboriginal station Cummeragunja, mostly drew pictures of aspects of white civilization boats, houses and flowers. What now to make of their artwork? Were the children encouraged or pressured to draw non-Aboriginal scenes, or did they draw freely, appropriating the white culture they now lived within? Did their Aboriginality change the meaning of their art, as they sketched out this ubiquitous colonial imagery? Australian Settler Colonialism and the Cummeragunja Aboriginal Station traces Cummeragunjas history from its establishment in the 1880s to its mass walk-off in 1939 and finally, to the 1960s, when its residents regained greater control over the land. Taking in oral history traditions, the author reveals the competing interests of settler governments, scientific and religious organizations, and nearby settler communities. The nature of these interests has broad and important implications for understanding settler colonial history. This history shows white people set boundaries on Aboriginal behaviour and movement, through direct legislation and the provision of opportunities and acceptance. But Aboriginal people had agency within and, at times, beyond these limits. Aboriginal people appropriated aspects of white culture including the houses, the flowers and the boats that their children drew for Tindale - reshaping them into new tools for Aboriginal society, tools with which to build lives and futures in a changed environment.

Australia 1901 - 2001 - A Narrative History (Paperback): Andrew Tink Australia 1901 - 2001 - A Narrative History (Paperback)
Andrew Tink
R512 Discovery Miles 5 120 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

`So tightly packed were the crowds lining Sydney's streets on 1 January 1901 that they resembled a dense well-tended hedge. Early morning showers had followed a thunderstorm the previous evening and many carried umbrellas as they waited for the procession. Planning for this New Year's Day had been going on in earnest for about three and a half months, after Queen Victoria had declared it to be the day upon which the Commonwealth of Australia would come into being.' Andrew Tink's superb book tells the story of Australia in the 20th century, from Federation to the Sydney 2000 Olympics. It was a century marked by the trauma of war and the despair of the depression, balanced by extraordinary achievements in sport, science and the arts. Tink's story is driven by people, whether they be prime ministers, soldiers, shopkeepers, singers, footballers or farmers; men or women, Australian born, immigrant or Aborigine. He brings the decades to life, writing with empathy, humour and insight to create a narrative that is as entertaining as it is illuminating.

Australian Soldiers in Asia-Pacific in World War II (Paperback): Lachlan Grant Australian Soldiers in Asia-Pacific in World War II (Paperback)
Lachlan Grant
R592 R561 Discovery Miles 5 610 Save R31 (5%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The hidden story of how Australian troops' close encounters with the cultures of our nearest neighbours altered our national identity. Half a million Australians encountered a new world when they entered Asia and the Pacific during World War II: different peoples, cultures, languages and religions chafing under the grip of colonial rule. This book paints a picture not only of individual lives transformed, but of dramatically shifting national perceptions, as the gaze of Australia turned from Britain to Asia.

Working Lives c.1900 - A Photographic Essay (Paperback): Erik Olssen Working Lives c.1900 - A Photographic Essay (Paperback)
Erik Olssen
R598 R523 Discovery Miles 5 230 Save R75 (13%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For the men and women of the skilled trades in the early 20th century, the skills and knowledge of their respective crafts were a source of identity and pride. Together with the so-called unskilled, who built the infrastructure for the new society, these workers laid the cultural and social foundations of a new and fairer society. This book uses photographs to show two processes fundamental to creating a new society: the transformation of swamp into farmland then city-scape, and the transplantation of the knowledge and skill required in the Old World that were essential to building a new world.

Crises, Deadlocks and Dissolutions: A Constitutional and Parliamentary History of Queensland 1859 to 1922 (Paperback): Justin... Crises, Deadlocks and Dissolutions: A Constitutional and Parliamentary History of Queensland 1859 to 1922 (Paperback)
Justin Harding
R355 R300 Discovery Miles 3 000 Save R55 (15%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Octopus Crowd - Maritime History and the Business of Australian Pearling in Its Schooner Age (Hardcover): Stephen Mullins Octopus Crowd - Maritime History and the Business of Australian Pearling in Its Schooner Age (Hardcover)
Stephen Mullins
R1,563 R1,084 Discovery Miles 10 840 Save R479 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A detailed study of the origins and demise of schooner-based pearling in Australia. For most of its history, Australian pearling was a shore-based activity. But from the mid-1880s until the World War I era, the industry was dominated by highly mobile, heavily capitalized, schooner-based fleets of pearling luggers, known as floating stations, that exploited Australia's northern continental shelf and the nearby waters of the Netherlands Indies. Octopus Crowd:Maritime History and the Business of Australian Pearling in Its Schooner Age is the first book-length study of schooner-based pearling and explores the floating station system and the men who developed and employed it. Steve Mullins focuses on the Clark Combination, a syndicate led by James Clark, Australia's most influential pearler. The combination honed the floating station system to the point where it was accused of exhausting pearling grounds, elbowing out small-time operators, strangling the economies of pearling ports, and bringing the industry to the brink of disaster. Combination partners were vilified as monopolists-they were referred to as an ""octopus crowd""-and their schooners were stigmatized as hell ships and floating sweatshops. Schooner-based floating stations crossed maritime frontiers with impunity, testing colonial and national territorial jurisdictions. The Clark Combination passed through four fisheries management regimes, triggering significant change and causing governments to alter laws and extend maritime boundaries. It drew labor from ports across the Asia-Pacific, and its product competed in a volatile world market. Octopus Crowd takes all these factors into account to explain Australian pearling during its schooner age. It argues that the demise of the floating station system was not caused by resource depletion, as was often predicted, but by ideology and Australia's shifting sociopolitical landscape.

Menzies at War (Paperback): Anne Henderson Menzies at War (Paperback)
Anne Henderson
R496 Discovery Miles 4 960 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the months following his resignation as PM in late August 1941, Robert Menzies swayed between relief at his release from the burdens of office and despair that his life at the top had come to so little. In 1941, after two tumultuous years as prime minister and in the midst of war, an anguished Robert Menzies stepped down. This was despite the fact that he had led an efficient war-time administration and had strongly advanced Australia's security interests in Britain. Few would have predicted that by the end of 1949 Menzies would again be Prime Minister, heading the new Liberal Party of Australia and a political hero himself. How did a shattered, defeated man go on to become Australia's longest serving prime minister? In this original and insightful book about Menzies' 1939-41 government and his so-called wilderness years, Anne Henderson shows how he did it. She reveals that this period was in fact a personal triumph for Menzies as he remade not only himself but renewed conservative politics in Australia.

The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia (Paperback): Adrienne L. Kaeppler The Pacific Arts of Polynesia and Micronesia (Paperback)
Adrienne L. Kaeppler
R529 R431 Discovery Miles 4 310 Save R98 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Comprising thousands of islands and hundreds of cultural groups, Polynesia and Micronesia cover a large part of the vast Pacific Ocean, from the dramatic mountains of Hawaii to the small, flat coral islands of Kiribati. This new volume in the acclaimed Oxford History of Art series offers a superb introduction to the rich artistic traditions of these two regions, traditions that have had a considerable impact on modern western art through the influence of artists such as Gauguin. After an introduction to Polynesian and Micronesian art separately, the book focuses on the artistic types, styles, and concepts shared by the two island groups, thereby placing each in its wider cultural context. From the textiles of Tonga to the canoes of Tahiti, Adrienne Kaeppler sheds light on religious and sacred rituals and objects, carving, architecture, tattooing, personal ornaments, basket-making, clothing, textiles, fashion, the oral arts, dance, music and musical instruments--even canoe-construction--to provide the ultimate introduction to these rich and vibrant cultures. Each chapter begins with a quote from an indigenous person from one of the island areas covered in the book and features both historic and contemporary works of art. A timeline for migration into the Pacific includes the latest information from archaeology, as well as the influx of explorers and missionaries and important exhibitions and other artistic events. With more than one hundred illustrations--most in full color--this volume offers a stimulating and insightful account of two dynamic artistic cultures.

DK Eyewitness Australia (Paperback): DK Eyewitness DK Eyewitness Australia (Paperback)
DK Eyewitness
R713 R589 Discovery Miles 5 890 Save R124 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
A Primer for Teaching Pacific Histories - Ten Design Principles (Paperback): Matt K. Matsuda A Primer for Teaching Pacific Histories - Ten Design Principles (Paperback)
Matt K. Matsuda
R476 Discovery Miles 4 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A Primer for Teaching Pacific Histories is a guide for college and high school teachers who are teaching Pacific histories for the first time or for experienced teachers who want to reinvigorate their courses. It can also serve those who are training future teachers to prepare their own syllabi, as well as teachers who want to incorporate Pacific histories into their world history courses. Matt K. Matsuda offers design principles for creating syllabi that will help students navigate a wide range of topics, from settler colonialism, national liberation, and warfare to tourism, popular culture, and identity. He also discusses practical pedagogical techniques and tips, project-based assignments, digital resources, and how Pacific approaches to teaching history differ from customary Western practices. Placing the Pacific Islands at the center of analysis, Matsuda draws readers into the process of strategically designing courses that will challenge students to think critically about the interconnected histories of East Asia, Southeast Asia, Australia, the Pacific Islands, and the Americas within a global framework.

Intrepide - Australian Women Artists in Early Twentieth-century France (Paperback): Clem Gorman, Therese Gorman Intrepide - Australian Women Artists in Early Twentieth-century France (Paperback)
Clem Gorman, Therese Gorman
R909 Discovery Miles 9 090 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
When We Dead Awaken: Australia, New Zealand, and the Armenian Genocide (Hardcover): James Robins When We Dead Awaken: Australia, New Zealand, and the Armenian Genocide (Hardcover)
James Robins
R1,625 R1,493 Discovery Miles 14 930 Save R132 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

On April 24th 1915 Armenian intellectuals of the Ottoman Empire were arrested en masse marking the beginning of the Armenian Genocide. The following day, April 25th 1915, saw the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps landing at Gallipoli. This book draws the connections between these two landmark historical events: the genocide of the minority Armenian population of the Ottoman Empire and the Anzac soldiers who fought at Gallipoli during World War I. Through eye witness accounts of Anzac soldiers witnessing the genocide, to a history of the Australasian involvement in the international Armenian relief campaign, and enduring discussions around genocide recognition, James Robins explores the international political implications that this unexplored history still has today.

Larrikins in Khaki (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition): Tim Bowden Larrikins in Khaki (Standard format, CD, Unabridged edition)
Tim Bowden; Read by Stephen Hunter
R650 R522 Discovery Miles 5 220 Save R128 (20%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

With a reputation for being frank, hard to discipline, generous to their comrades and for sticking it up any sign of pomposity, Australian soldiers were a wild and irreverent lot, even in the worst of circumstances during World War II. In Larrikins in Khaki, Tim Bowden has collected compelling and vivid stories of individual soldiers whose memoirs were mostly self-published and who told of their experiences with scant regard for literary pretensions and military niceties. NCOs and officers who were hopeless at their jobs were made aware of it they laughed their way through the worst of it by taking the mickey out of one another and their superiors. From recruitment and training to the battlegrounds of Palestine, North Africa, Thailand, New Guinea, Borneo and beyond, here are the highly individual stories of Australia's World War II Diggers told in their own voices - warts and all.

Between Culture and Fantasy - A New Guinea Highlands Mythology (Paperback, New): Gillian Gillison Between Culture and Fantasy - A New Guinea Highlands Mythology (Paperback, New)
Gillian Gillison
R1,001 Discovery Miles 10 010 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The myths of the Gimi, a people of the Eastern Highlands of Papua New Guinea, attribute the origin of death and misery to the incestuous desires of the first woman or man, as if one sex or the other were guilty of the very first misdeed. Working for years among the Gimi, speaking their language, anthropologist Gillian Gillison gained rare insight into these myths and their pervasive influence in the organization of social life. Hers is a fascinating account of relations between the sexes and the role of myth in the transition between unconscious fantasy and cultural forms.
Gillison shows how the themes expressed in Gimi myths--especially sexual hostility and an obsession with menstrual blood--are dramatized in the elaborate public rituals that accompany marriage, death, and other life crises. The separate myths of Gimi women and men seem to speak to one another, to protest, alter, and enlarge upon myths of the other sex. The sexes cast blame in the veiled imagery of myth and then play out their debate in joint rituals, cooperating in shows of conflict and resolution that leave men undefeated and accord women the greater blame for misfortune.

Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War (Paperback): Amanda Laugesen Furphies and Whizz-bangs: Anzac Slang from the Great War (Paperback)
Amanda Laugesen
R677 Discovery Miles 6 770 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This book illuminates Australian soldiers' voices, feelings and thoughts, through exploration of the words and language used during the Great War. It is mostly concerned with slang, but there were also new words that came into Standard English during the war with which Australians became familiar. The book defines and explains these words and terms, provides examples of their usage by Australian soldiers and on the home front that provides insight into the experiences and attitudes of soldiers and civilians, and it draws out some of the themes and features of this language to provide insight into the social and cultural worlds of Australian soldiers and civilians.

Indigenous Australia for Dummies (Paperback): Larissa Behrendt Indigenous Australia for Dummies (Paperback)
Larissa Behrendt; Foreword by Malcolm Fraser
R555 R432 Discovery Miles 4 320 Save R123 (22%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

A comprehensive, relevant, and accessible look at all aspects of Indigenous Australian history and culture

What is The Dreaming? How many different Indigenous tribes and languages once existed in Australia? What is the purpose of a corroboree? What effect do the events of the past have on Indigenous peoples today? "Indigenous Australia For Dummies" answers these questions and countless others about the oldest race on Earth. It explores Indigenous life in Australia before 1770, the impact of white settlement, the ongoing struggle by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to secure their human rights and equal treatment under the law, and much more.

Celebrating the contributions of Indigenous people to contemporary Australian culture, the book explores Indigenous art, music, dance, literature, film, sport, and spirituality. It discusses the concept of modern Indigenous identity and examines the ongoing challenges facing Indigenous communities today, from health and housing to employment and education, land rights, and self-determination.Explores significant political moments--such as Paul Keating's Redfern Speech and Kevin Rudd's apology, and moreProfiles celebrated people and organisations in a variety of fields, from Cathy Freeman to Albert Namatjira to the Bangarra Dance Theatre and the National Aboriginal Radio ServiceChallenges common stereotypes about Indigenous people and discusses current debates, such as a land rights and inequalities in health and education

This book will enlighten readers of all backgrounds about the history, struggles and triumphs of the diverse, proud, and fascinating peoples that make up Australia's Indigenous communities. With a foreword by former PM Malcolm Fraser, "Indigenous Australia For Dummies" is a must-read account of Australia's first people.

'"Indigenous Australia For Dummies" is an important contribution to the broad debate and to a better understanding of our past history. Hopefully it will influence future events.'--Former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser

South Pacific Destroyer - The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf (Paperback): Russell S. Crenshaw South Pacific Destroyer - The Battle for the Solomons from Savo Island to Vella Gulf (Paperback)
Russell S. Crenshaw
R489 R427 Discovery Miles 4 270 Save R62 (13%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Today only a select few know firsthand what it is like to feel their ship shudder from the blast of their own guns, watch enemy guns flash back, and see friendly ships erupt in flames. Russell Crenshaw is one of those few. His riveting account of the savage night battle for the Solomon Islands in early 1943 offers readers a unique insider's perspective from the decks of one of the destroyers that bore the brunt of the struggle Drawing on his experience as a gunnery officer on the USS Maury, his vivid, balanced, and detailed narrative includes the Battle of Tassafarounga in November 1942 and Vella Gulf in August 1943, actions that earned his warship a Presidential Unit Citation and sixteen battle stars. Crenshaw also discusses the impact of radar and voice radio, the shortcomings of U.S. torpedoes and gunfire, and the devastating effectiveness of Japan's super torpedo. About the Author Capt. Russell Syndor Crenshaw Jr., USN (Ret), is the author of Naval Shiphandling and lives in Drayden, MD, US.

The Pearl Harbor Myth - Rethinking the Unthinkable (Paperback): George Victor The Pearl Harbor Myth - Rethinking the Unthinkable (Paperback)
George Victor
R515 R434 Discovery Miles 4 340 Save R81 (16%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Did U.S. intelligence know of Japan's coming attack on Pearl Harbor? Did President Roosevelt know? If so, why did he withhold warnings from the commanders in Hawaii? The answers are embedded in the cogent analysis of "The Pearl Harbor Myth," Based on voluminous data that does not appear in other books on the topic, it discusses in detail Roosevelt's developing strategy-both military and diplomatic-and his secret alliances to save the world from Hitler. It contains a wealth of fresh material on secret diplomacy; on secret military strategy, planning, and intelligence; and on disguised combat operations that began six months before the Pearl Harbor attack.

The Melanesian World (Hardcover): Eric Hirsch, Will Rollason The Melanesian World (Hardcover)
Eric Hirsch, Will Rollason
R4,831 Discovery Miles 48 310 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

This wide-ranging volume captures the diverse range of societies and experiences that form what has come to be known as Melanesia. It covers prehistoric, historic and contemporary issues, and includes work by art historians, political scientists, geographers and anthropologists. The chapters range from studies of subsistence, ritual and ceremonial exchange to accounts of state violence, new media and climate change. The 'Melanesian world' assembled here raises questions that cut to the heart of debates in the human sciences today, with profound implications for the ways in which scholars across disciplines can describe and understand human difference. This impressive collection of essays represents a valuable resource for scholars and students alike.

Australia's Vietnam - Myth vs history (Paperback): Mark Dapin Australia's Vietnam - Myth vs history (Paperback)
Mark Dapin
R525 Discovery Miles 5 250 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Why everything you think you know about Australia's Vietnam War is wrong. When Mark Dapin first interviewed Vietnam veterans and wrote about the war, he swallowed (and regurgitated) every misconception. He wasn't alone. In Australia's Vietnam, Dapin reveals that every stage of Australia's commitment to the Vietnam War has been misunderstood, misinterpreted and shrouded in myth. From army claims that every national serviceman was a volunteer; and the level of atrocities committed by Australian troops; to the belief there no welcome home parades until the late 1980s and returned soldiers were met by angry protesters. Australia's Vietnam is a major contribution to the understanding of Australia's experience of the war and will change the way we think about memory and military history. Acclaimed journalist and bestselling military historian Mark Dapin busts long-held and highly charged myths about the Vietnam War Dapin reveals his own mistakes and regrets as a journalist and military historian and his growing realisation that the stereotypes of the Vietnam War are far from the truth This book will change the way military history is researched and written

With the Old Breed - At Peleliu and Okinawa (Paperback, New Ed): E.B. Sledge With the Old Breed - At Peleliu and Okinawa (Paperback, New Ed)
E.B. Sledge; Contributions by Victor Davis Hanson 1
R370 R308 Discovery Miles 3 080 Save R62 (17%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

'Of all the books about the ground war in the Pacific, (With the Old Breed) is the closest to a masterpiece.' - The New York Review of Books 'One of the most arresting documents in war literature.' - John Keegan, in The Second World War E.B. Sledge's memoir of his experience fighting in the South Pacific during World War II is powerful because of its honesty and compassion. With the Old Breed presents a stirring, personal account of the bravery of the Marines in the battles at Peleliu and Okinawa. Eugene Bondurant Sledge 'Sledgehammer' joined the Marines the year after the bombing of Pearl Harbour and from 1943 to 1946 endured the events recorded in this book. Sledge enlisted out of patriotism and youthful courage but once he landed on the beach at Peleliu, it was purely a struggle for survival. Based on the notes he kept on slips of paper tucked secretly away in his New Testament, he simply and directly recalls those long months, mincing no words and sparing no pain. The reality of battle meant unbearable heat, deafening gunfire, unimaginable brutality and, above all, constant fear. Sledge still has nightmares about 'the bloody, muddy month of May on Okinawa.' He also tellingly reveals the bonds of friendship formed that will never be severed. Sledge's account of other marines, even complete strangers, sets him apart as a memoirist of war. Read as sobering history or as high adventure, this is a moving chronicle of action and courage. About the Author E. B. Sledge was born and grew up in Mobile, Alabama. His father, a physician, taught him to hunt and to describe his surroundings. Sledge enlisted in the US Marine Corps and was sent to the Pacific Theatre. He fought at Peleliu and Okinawa where some of the fiercest battles of WWII took place. Although he survived it took him years to recover from the psychological wounds from that experience. He has since pursued his studies in all manner of subjects, earning a PhD in Zoology at the University of Florida.

Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (Paperback): Evelyn Flores, Emelihter Kihleng Indigenous Literatures from Micronesia (Paperback)
Evelyn Flores, Emelihter Kihleng; Series edited by Craig Santos Perez
R851 R791 Discovery Miles 7 910 Save R60 (7%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For the first time, poetry, short stories, critical and creative essays, chants, and excerpts of plays by Indigenous Micronesian authors have been brought together to form a resounding-and distinctly Micronesian-voice. With over two thousand islands spread across almost three million square miles of the Pacific Ocean, Micronesia and its peoples have too often been rendered invisible and insignificant both in and out of academia. This long-awaited anthology of contemporary indigenous literature will reshape Micronesia's historical and literary landscape. Presenting over seventy authors and one hundred pieces, it features eight of the thirteen basic language groups, including Palauan, Chamorro, Chuukese, I-Kiribati, Kosraean, Marshallese, Nauruan, Pohnpeian, and Yapese. The volume editors, from Micronesia themselves, have selected representative works from throughout the region-from Palau in the west, to Kiribati in the east, to the global diaspora. They have reached back for historically groundbreaking work and scouted the present for some of the most cited and provocative of published pieces and for the most promising new authors. Richly diverse, the stories of Micronesia's resilient peoples are as vast as the sea and as deep as the Mariana Trench. Challenging centuries-old reductive representations, writers passionately explore seven complex themes: ""Origins"" explores creation, foundational, and ancestral stories; ""Resistance"" responds to colonialism and militarism; ""Remembering"" captures diverse memories and experiences; ""Identities"" articulates the nuances of culture; ""Voyages"" maps migration and diaspora; ""Family"" delves into interpersonal and community relationships; and ""New Micronesia"" gathers experimental, liminal, and cutting-edge voices. This anthology reflects a worldview unique to the islands of Micronesia, yet it also connects to broader issues facing Pacific Islanders and indigenous peoples throughout the world. It is essential reading for anyone interested in Pacific, indigenous, diasporic, postcolonial, and environmental studies and literatures.

Castaway - The remarkable true story of the French cabin boy abandoned in nineteenth-century Australia (Paperback): Robert... Castaway - The remarkable true story of the French cabin boy abandoned in nineteenth-century Australia (Paperback)
Robert Macklin
R355 R284 Discovery Miles 2 840 Save R71 (20%) Ships in 5 - 10 working days

'Macklin recounts, with beautiful detail, the following years of Narcisse's life and his transformation . . . a great read for anyone interested in Australia and its overlooked history' Ronan Breathnach, Irish Examiner 'A truly remarkable account drawing upon a version Pelletier gave when he eventually returned to his native France and also on anthropological studies of the Daintree people.' Piers Akerman, Daily Telegraph, Sydney 'An unforgettable tale of transformation and upheaval.' Stuart McLean, Daily Telegraph, Sydney A young boy abandoned in an alien landscape thousands of miles from home is adopted by local people and becomes one of them, welcomed into their community, marrying a wife and raising a child. After seventeen years, he is stolen back to his 'real' life, where he has another family, but dreams constantly of what he has left behind. This is the remarkable true story of a French cabin boy Narcisse Pelletier who, after disembarking from his ship the Saint-Paul with the rest of its crew in search of drinking water, found himself separated from his shipmates and in the end abandoned on the north coast of Queensland, Australia. Narcisse was adopted by an Aboriginal group who welcomed him as one of their own for seventeen years, during which time he had a family of his own. In 1875, though, he was kidnapped by the brig John Bell and was returned eventually to his family in Saint-Gilles, France, where he became a lighthouse keeper. Robert Macklin makes skilful use of Narcisse's own memoir Chez les sauvages along with new research to tell this extraordinary story. Robert is a Queenslander so knows the terrain and the people of the area in which Narcisse was left behind. Through Noel Pearson's Cape York Institute, he has arranged to meet descendants of the people who took the French cabin boy in and who know the stories of his time in Australia. Robert has also had access to a great deal of material on the early history of the Cape through the Australian National Library. He has drawn on the significant resources of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS) in Canberra on Aboriginal culture and history in Queensland and the Cape. In addition, he has made use of Narcisse Pelletier's own writings, including his account of his time in Australia, as well as several contemporaneous accounts of the Kennedy expedition to the area, including one from a member of the party. The author has made several trips to Cape York and one to Saint-Gilles and Saint-Nazaire in France.

Paradise in Chains - The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia (Hardcover): Diana Preston Paradise in Chains - The Bounty Mutiny and the Founding of Australia (Hardcover)
Diana Preston
R664 R541 Discovery Miles 5 410 Save R123 (19%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
The People's Force (Paperback): Robert Haldane The People's Force (Paperback)
Robert Haldane
R1,044 R961 Discovery Miles 9 610 Save R83 (8%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Since its formation in 1853 the story of the Victoria Police has been interwoven with Victorian social and political history. Following the amalgamation of seven separate and distinct police agencies in the colony, the resultant unified body was the first of its kind in Australia. Many events have shaped its development: the gold rushes, the Clunes riot, the Kelly outbreak, the maritime strikes, the coming of the motor car, the police strike, both world wars and the Vietnam war protests, the gangland wars, Black Saturday bushfires and the use of DNA to solve crimes all formed part of this mosaic. This revised edition of The People's Force, containing a new chapter and new illustrations, brings the history up to date to include a decade that has been full of turbulent change. The new chapter examines the administrations of Neil Comrie, Christine Nixon, Simon Overland, Ken Lay and Graham Ashton. New material deals with Silk and Miller, and other police shootings, the growth of terrorism, gender issues, racism and domestic violence. Written as a 'warts and all' history of the Victoria Police with the support and encouragement of the then Chief Commissioner S. I. ('Mick') Miller, who wanted a proper objective history of the force, not a public relations exercise. This third edition is owed largely to Miller's encouragement and his desire to see the history updated. There will not be a fourth edition due to the author's battle with Parkinson's disease.

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