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Burke and Wills - The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers (Paperback): Peter Fitzsimons Burke and Wills - The Triumph and Tragedy of Australia's Most Famous Explorers (Paperback)
Peter Fitzsimons 1
R557 R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Save R62 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

'They have left here today!' he calls to the others. When King puts his hand down above the ashes of the fire, it is to find it still hot. There is even a tiny flame flickering from the end of one log. They must have left just hours ago.' MELBOURNE, 20 AUGUST 1860. In an ambitious quest to be the first Europeans to cross the harsh Australian continent, the Victorian Exploring Expedition sets off, farewelled by 15,000 cheering well-wishers. Led by Robert O'Hara Burke, a brave man totally lacking in the bush skills necessary for his task; surveyor and meteorologist William Wills; and 17 others, the expedition took 20 tons of equipment carried on six wagons, 23 horses and 26 camels. Almost immediately plagued by disputes and sackings, the expeditioners battled the extremes of the Australian landscape and weather: its deserts, the boggy mangrove swamps of the Gulf, the searing heat and flooding rains. Food ran short and, unable to live off the land, the men nevertheless mostly spurned the offers of help from the local Indigenous people. In desperation, leaving the rest of the party at the expedition's depot on Coopers Creek, Burke, Wills and John King made a dash for the Gulf in December 1860. Bad luck and bad management would see them miss by just hours a rendezvous back at Coopers Creek, leaving them stranded in the wilderness with practically no supplies. Only King survived to tell the tale. Yet, despite their tragic fates, the names of Burke and Wills have become synonymous with perseverance and bravery in the face of overwhelming odds. They live on in Australia's history - and their story remains immediate and compelling.

Tatau 2018 - A History of Samoan Tattooing (Hardcover): Sean Mallon, Sebastien Galliot Tatau 2018 - A History of Samoan Tattooing (Hardcover)
Sean Mallon, Sebastien Galliot
R1,524 R1,056 Discovery Miles 10 560 Save R468 (31%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Samoan Islands are virtually unique in that tattooing has been continuously practised with indigenous techniques: the full male tattoo, the pe'a has evolved in subtle ways in its design since the nineteenth century, but remains as elaborate, meaningful, and powerful as it ever was. This cultural history is the first publication to examine 3000 years of Samoan tatau. Through a chronology rich with people, encounters and events it describes how Samoan tattooing has been shaped by local and external forces of change over many centuries. It argues that Samoan tatau has a long history of relevance both within and beyond Samoa, and a more complicated history than is currently presented in the literature. It is richly illustrated with historical images of nineteenth and twentieth century Samoan tattooing, contemporary tattooing, diagrams of tattoo designs and motifs, and with supplementary photographs such as posters, ephemera, film stills and artefacts.

The Suitcase Baby - The heartbreaking true story of a shocking crime in 1920s Sydney (Paperback): Tanya Bretherton The Suitcase Baby - The heartbreaking true story of a shocking crime in 1920s Sydney (Paperback)
Tanya Bretherton
R375 R341 Discovery Miles 3 410 Save R34 (9%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2018 NED KELLY AWARD, DANGER PRIZE AND WAVERLEY LIBRARY NIB True history that is both shocking and too real, this unforgettable tale moves at the pace of a great crime novel. In the early hours of Saturday morning, 17 November 1923, a suitcase was found washed up on the shore of a small beach in the Sydney suburb of Mosman. What it contained - and why - would prove to be explosive. The murdered baby in the suitcase was one of many dead infants who were turning up in the harbour, on trains and elsewhere. These innocent victims were a devastating symptom of the clash between public morality, private passion and unrelenting poverty in a fast-growing metropolis. Police tracked down Sarah Boyd, the mother of the suitcase baby, and the complex story and subsequent murder trial of Sarah and her friend Jean Olliver became a media sensation. Sociologist Tanya Bretherton masterfully tells the engrossing and moving story of the crime that put Sarah and her baby at the centre of a social tragedy that still resonates through the decades.

The First Fleet (Paperback): Rob Mundle The First Fleet (Paperback)
Rob Mundle
R295 R228 Discovery Miles 2 280 Save R67 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Soldiers and Gentlemen - Australian Battalion Commanders in the Great War, 1914-1918 (Hardcover): William Westerman Soldiers and Gentlemen - Australian Battalion Commanders in the Great War, 1914-1918 (Hardcover)
William Westerman
R1,267 R978 Discovery Miles 9 780 Save R289 (23%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Soldiers and Gentlemen: Australian Battalion Commanders in the Great War, 1914-1918 is the first book to examine the background, role and conduct of Australian commanding officers during the First World War. Though they held positions of power, commanding officers inhabited a leadership no man's land - they exerted great influence over their units, but they were also largely excluded from the decision-making process and faced the same risks as junior officers on the battlefield. A soldier's well-being and success in battle was heavily dependent on a commanding officer's competence, but little is known about the men who filled these roles. In his groundbreaking book, William Westerman explores the stories of the vitally important, yet often forgotten, commanding officers. Theirs is a story of the timeless challenges of military leadership, and this book prevents them from slipping from the public memory to enhance our knowledge of the conflict.

Along the Archival Grain - Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (Paperback): Ann Laura Stoler Along the Archival Grain - Epistemic Anxieties and Colonial Common Sense (Paperback)
Ann Laura Stoler
R677 R564 Discovery Miles 5 640 Save R113 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

"Along the Archival Grain" offers a unique methodological and analytic opening to the affective registers of imperial governance and the political content of archival forms. In a series of nuanced mediations on the nature of colonial documents from the nineteenth-century Netherlands Indies, Ann Laura Stoler identifies the social epistemologies that guided perception and practice, revealing the problematic racial ontologies of that confused epistemic space.

Navigating familiar and extraordinary paths through the lettered lives of those who ruled, she seizes on moments when common sense failed and prevailing categories no longer seemed to work. She asks not what colonial agents knew, but what happened when what they thought they knew they found they did not. Rejecting the notion that archival labor be approached as an extractive enterprise, Stoler sets her sights on archival production as a consequential act of governance, as a field of force with violent effect, and not least as a vivid space to do ethnography.

My Outback Life - The sequel to the bestselling memoir A Sunburnt Childhood (Paperback): Toni Tapp Coutts My Outback Life - The sequel to the bestselling memoir A Sunburnt Childhood (Paperback)
Toni Tapp Coutts
R399 R361 Discovery Miles 3 610 Save R38 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Having grown up on the massive Killarney cattle station near Katherine, NT, Toni Tapp Coutts was well prepared when her husband, Shaun, took a job at McArthur River Station in the Gulf Country, 600 kilometres away near the Queensland border. Toni became cook, counsellor, housekeeper and nurse to the host of people who lived on McArthur River and the constant stream of visitors. She made firm friends, created the Heartbreak Bush Ball and started riding campdraft in rodeos all over the Territory, becoming one of the NT's top riders. In the midst of this busy life she raised three children and saw them through challenges; she dealt with snakes in her washing basket; she kept in touch with her large, sprawling Tapp family, and she fell deeply in love with the Gulf Country. Filled with the warmth and humour readers will remember from A SUNBURNT CHILDHOOD, this next chapter in Toni's life is both an adventure and a heartwarming memoir, and will introduce readers to a part of Australia few have experienced.

Imperial Emotions - The Politics of Empathy across the British Empire (Hardcover): Jane Lydon Imperial Emotions - The Politics of Empathy across the British Empire (Hardcover)
Jane Lydon
R1,853 Discovery Miles 18 530 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Emotions are not universal, but are experienced and expressed in diverse ways within different cultures and times. This overview of the history of emotions within nineteenth-century British imperialism focuses on the role of the compassionate emotions, or what today we refer to as empathy, and how they created relations across empire. Jane Lydon examines how empathy was produced, qualified and contested, including via the fear and anger aroused by frontier violence. She reveals the overlooked emotional dimensions of relationships constructed between Britain, her Australasian colonies, and Indigenous people, showing that ideas about who to care about were frequently drawn from the intimate domestic sphere, but were also developed through colonial experience. This history reveals the contingent and highly politicised nature of emotions in imperial deployment. Moving beyond arguments that emotions such as empathy are either 'good' or 'bad', this study evaluates their concrete political uses and effects.

A History of Canberra (Paperback): Nicholas Brown A History of Canberra (Paperback)
Nicholas Brown
R881 R688 Discovery Miles 6 880 Save R193 (22%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Designed as an 'ideal city' and emblem of the nation, Canberra has long been a source of ambivalence for many Australians. In this charming and concise book, Nicholas Brown challenges these ideas and looks beyond the cliches to illuminate the unique, layered and often colourful history of Australia's capital. Brown covers Canberra's selection as the site of the national capital, the turbulent path of Walter Burley Griffin's plan for the city, and the many phases of its construction. He surveys citizens' diverse experiences of the city, the impact of the Second World War on Canberra's growth, and explores the city's political history with insight and wit. A History of Canberra is informed by the interplay of three themes central to Canberra's identity: government, community and environment. Canberra's distinctive social and cultural history as a centre for the public service and national institutions is vividly rendered."

Under Full Sail (Hardcover): Mundle Under Full Sail (Hardcover)
Mundle
R541 R408 Discovery Miles 4 080 Save R133 (25%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
Out of Australia - Aborigines, the Dreamtime, and the Dawn of the Human Race (Paperback): Steven Strong, Evan Strong Out of Australia - Aborigines, the Dreamtime, and the Dawn of the Human Race (Paperback)
Steven Strong, Evan Strong
R423 R400 Discovery Miles 4 000 Save R23 (5%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (Hardcover, New): John Gascoigne Encountering the Pacific in the Age of the Enlightenment (Hardcover, New)
John Gascoigne
R2,464 Discovery Miles 24 640 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The Pacific Ocean was the setting for the last great chapter in the convergence of humankind from across the globe. Driven by Enlightenment ideals, Europeans sought to extend control to all quarters of the earth through the spread of beliefs, the promotion of trade and the acquisition of new knowledge. This book surveys the consequent encounters between European expansionism and the peoples of the Pacific. John Gascoigne weaves together the stories of British, French, Spanish, Dutch and Russian voyages to destinations throughout the Pacific region. In a lively and lucid style, he brings to life the idealism, adventures and frustrations of a colourful cast of historical figures. Drawing upon a range of fields, he explores the complexities of the relationships between European and Pacific peoples. Richly illustrated with historical images and maps, this seminal work provides new perspectives on the significance of European contact with the Pacific in the Enlightenment.

Intimate Strangers - Friendship, Exchange and Pacific Encounters (Paperback): Vanessa Smith Intimate Strangers - Friendship, Exchange and Pacific Encounters (Paperback)
Vanessa Smith
R776 Discovery Miles 7 760 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

When Louis Antoine de Bougainville reached Tahiti in 1768, he was struck by the way in which 'All these people came crying out tayo, which means friend, and gave a thousand signs of friendship; they all asked nails and ear-rings of us.' Reading the archive of early contact in Oceania against European traditions of thinking about intimacy and exchange, Vanessa Smith illuminates the traditions and desires that led Bougainville and other European voyagers to believe that the first word they heard in the Pacific was the word for friend. Her book encompasses forty years of encounters from the arrival of the Dolphin in Tahiti in June 1767, through Cook's and Bligh's voyages, to early missionary and beachcomber settlement in the Marquesas. It unpacks both the political and emotional significances of ideas of friendship for late eighteenth-century European, and particularly British, explorations of Oceania.

Hawaii - The Moods of the Islands (Hardcover): Douglas Peebles Hawaii - The Moods of the Islands (Hardcover)
Douglas Peebles
R394 R323 Discovery Miles 3 230 Save R71 (18%) Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Breaking the Silence - Aboriginal Defenders and the Settler State, 1905-1939 (Paperback): Alison Holland Breaking the Silence - Aboriginal Defenders and the Settler State, 1905-1939 (Paperback)
Alison Holland
R1,056 R935 Discovery Miles 9 350 Save R121 (11%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Breaking the Silence recovers the conflicted politics around Aboriginal affairs in the first decades of the twentieth century. From 1905, when the report of the controversial Roth Royal Commission in Western Australia was made known to the public, to the eve of World War II, the condition and treatment of Aboriginal Australians, as well as their pasts and futures, were leading social questions which generated much discontent and discourse, and underscored the awakening of a national conscience. Yet this consternation was totally disproportionate to political will which contained it and consigned Aborigines on the eve of the second world war. In canvassing aspects of this politics - Aboriginal defenders and their claims and the responses of governments to them - Alison Holland's research qualifies the mantra of a 'great Australian silence'. She asks why there was such investment in Aboriginal affairs in the first half of the twentieth century, what form it took, what was at stake and what the outcomes were. In answering these questions, the book provides important historical context for the consternation and debates still being had in the Australian polity over Aboriginal affairs and raises some important connections between the beginning of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

Australia: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback): Kenneth Morgan Australia: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)
Kenneth Morgan
R231 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R40 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In this Very Short Introduction Kenneth Morgan provides a wide-ranging and thematic introduction to modern Australia. He examines the main features of its history, geography, and culture since the beginning of the white settlement in New South Wales in 1788. Drawing attention to the distinctive features of Australian life he places contemporary developments in a historical perspective, highlighting the importance of Australia's indigenous culture and making connections between Australia and the wider word. Balancing the successful growth of Australian institutions and democratic traditions, he considers the struggles that occurred in the making of modern Australia. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.

Australians and Globalisation - The Experience of Two Centuries (Paperback): Brian Galligan, Winsome Roberts, Gabriella... Australians and Globalisation - The Experience of Two Centuries (Paperback)
Brian Galligan, Winsome Roberts, Gabriella Trifiletti
R779 Discovery Miles 7 790 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Is globalization new? Are its effects inevitable? Are the concepts of national sovereignty and global markets incompatible? In this provocative book, the authors argue that Australia has always been a "globalized" nation. They reveal how governance and citizenship developed in response to global forces, starting with colonial societies that moved through the federation period and the twentieth century into the present day's era of accelerated globalization.

From Empire's Servant to Global Citizen - A history of Massey University (Paperback): Michael Belgrave From Empire's Servant to Global Citizen - A history of Massey University (Paperback)
Michael Belgrave
R1,015 R784 Discovery Miles 7 840 Save R231 (23%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

The vision of two young scientists, Massey University was established in 1928 to bring science to New Zealands role as Britains farm. Massey has since become New Zealands national and a global university, with almost 140,000 alumni spread across 140 different nations. This candid history looks at the university as it weathered war, funding crises, risk-taking expansion and conflict with the governments plans for New Zealands tertiary sector. Written by distinguished historian Professor Michael Belgrave, this is a lively look at how an agricultural college grew up to become a leading intellectual centre of excellence.

The Last Blank Spaces - Exploring Africa and Australia (Paperback): Dane Kennedy The Last Blank Spaces - Exploring Africa and Australia (Paperback)
Dane Kennedy
R489 Discovery Miles 4 890 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

For a British Empire that stretched across much of the globe at the start of the nineteenth century, the interiors of Africa and Australia remained intriguing mysteries. The challenge of opening these continents to imperial influence fell to a proto-professional coterie of determined explorers. They sought knowledge, adventure, and fame, but often experienced confusion, fear, and failure. The Last Blank Spaces follows the arc of these explorations, from idea to practice, from intention to outcome, from myth to reality. Those who conducted the hundreds of expeditions that probed Africa and Australia in the nineteenth century adopted a mode of scientific investigation that had been developed by previous generations of seaborne explorers. They likened the two continents to oceans, empty spaces that could be made truly knowable only by mapping, measuring, observing, and preserving. They found, however, that their survival and success depended less on this system of universal knowledge than it did on the local knowledge possessed by native peoples. While explorers sought to advance the interests of Britain and its emigrant communities, Dane Kennedy discovers a more complex outcome: expeditions that failed ignominiously, explorers whose loyalties proved ambivalent or divided, and, above all, local states and peoples who diverted expeditions to serve their own purposes. The collisions, and occasional convergences, between British and indigenous values, interests, and modes of knowing the world are brought to the fore in this fresh and engaging study.

Hidden Lives - War, Internment and Australia's Italians (Paperback): Mia Spizzica Hidden Lives - War, Internment and Australia's Italians (Paperback)
Mia Spizzica
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
The Encyclopedia of Melbourne (Hardcover): Andrew Brown-May, Shurlee Swain The Encyclopedia of Melbourne (Hardcover)
Andrew Brown-May, Shurlee Swain
R5,781 Discovery Miles 57 810 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Great cities deserve great encyclopedias. A city is known by its past, its characteristic virtues and troubles, and its ways of life. ???Marvellous Melbourne??? symbolises the achievements of Australian urbanisation and suburbanisation. The Encyclopedia of Melbourne reflects and encompasses the city??'s historical position as one of the world??'s pre-eminent nineteenth century metropolises, and as one of the twenty-first century??'s most liveable cities. Alphabetical entries range from short factual summaries about places, institutions and events, through to extended survey articles on key topics such as Architecture, Aboriginal Melbourne, Economy, Foundation and Early Settlement, Law and Order, Literature, Science, Sport, Suburbia, Theatre and Transport. Although Australia has long ranked amongst the world??'s most urbanised countries, no comparable reference work exists on any Australian metropolis.

Beyond Hawai'i - Native Labor in the Pacific World (Paperback): Gregory Rosenthal Beyond Hawai'i - Native Labor in the Pacific World (Paperback)
Gregory Rosenthal
R720 R596 Discovery Miles 5 960 Save R124 (17%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days

In the century from the death of Captain James Cook in 1779 to the rise of the sugar plantations in the 1870s, thousands of Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) men left Hawai'i to work on ships at sea and in na 'aina 'e (foreign lands)-on the Arctic Ocean and throughout the Pacific Ocean, and in the equatorial islands and California. Beyond Hawai'i tells the stories of these forgotten indigenous workers and how their labor shaped the Pacific World, the global economy, and the environment. Whether harvesting sandalwood or bird guano, hunting whales, or mining gold, these migrant workers were essential to the expansion of transnational capitalism and global ecological change. Bridging American, Chinese, and Pacific historiographies, Beyond Hawai'i is the first book to argue that indigenous labor-more than the movement of ships and spread of diseases-unified the Pacific World.

Anzac, The Unauthorised Biography (Paperback): Carolyn Holbrook Anzac, The Unauthorised Biography (Paperback)
Carolyn Holbrook
R495 Discovery Miles 4 950 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

For 100 years, Australians have sought their reflection in the Great War. This book tells the story of what we saw. Raise a glass for an Anzac. Run for an Anzac. Camp under the stars for an Anzac. Is there anything Australians won't do to keep the Anzac legend at the centre of our national story? Standing firm on the other side of the enthusiasts is a chorus of critics claiming that the appetite for Anzac is militarising our history and indoctrinating our children. So how are we to make sense of this struggle over how we remember the Great War? Anzac, the Unauthorised Biography cuts through the clamour and traces how, since 1915, Australia's memory of the Great War has declined and surged, reflecting the varied and complex history of the Australian nation itself. Most importantly, it asks why so many Australians persist with the fiction that the nation was born on 25 April 1915.

Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover): John C. Greene Theatre in Dublin, 1745-1820 - A Calendar of Performances (Hardcover)
John C. Greene
R2,834 Discovery Miles 28 340 Ships in 10 - 15 working days

Theatre in Dublin,1745-1820: A Calendar of Performances is the first comprehensive, daily compendium of more than 18,000 performances that took place in Dublin's many professional theatres, music halls, pleasure gardens, and circus amphitheatres between Thomas Sheridan's becoming the manager at Smock Alley Theatre in 1745 and the dissolution of the Crow Street Theatre in 1820. The daily performance calendar for each of the seventy-five seasons recorded here records and organizes all surviving documentary evidence pertinent to each evening's entertainments, derived from all known sources, but especially from playbills and newspaper advertisements. Each theatre's daily entry includes all preludes, mainpieces, interludes, and afterpieces with casts and assigned roles, followed by singing and singers, dancing and dancers, and specialty entertainments. Financial data, program changes, rehearsal notices, authorship and premiere information are included in each component's entry, as is the text of contemporary correspondence and editorial contextualization and commentary, followed by other additional commentary, such as the many hundreds of printed puffs, notices, and performance reviews. In the cases of the programs of music halls, pleasure gardens, and circuses, the playbills have generally been transcribed verbatim. The calendar for each season is preceded by an analytical headnote that presents several categories of information including, among other things, an alphabetical listing of all members of each company, whether actors, musicians, specialty artists, or house servants, who are known to have been employed at each venue. Limited biographical commentary is included, particularly about performers of Irish origin, who had significant stage careers but who did not perform in London. Each headnote presents the seasons's offerings of entertainments of each theatrical type (prelude, mainpiece, interlude, afterpiece) analyzed according to genre, including a list of the number of plays in each genre and according to period in which they were first performed. The headnote also notes the number of different plays by Shakespeare staged during each season and gives particular attention to entertainments of "special Irish interest." The various kinds of benefit performance and command performances are also noted. Finally, this Calendar of Performances contains an appendix that furnishes a season-by-season listing of the plays that were new to the London patent theatres, and, later, of the important "minors." This information is provided in order for us to understand the interrelatedness of the London and Dublin repertories.

The Hanged Man and the Body Thief - Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (Paperback): Alexandra Roginski The Hanged Man and the Body Thief - Finding Lives in a Museum Mystery (Paperback)
Alexandra Roginski
R420 R379 Discovery Miles 3 790 Save R41 (10%) Ships in 10 - 15 working days
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