Tag Archive: australian history

Mar 08

Review: Australian Story by Tania McCartney

I attended a performance by John Cleese this evening before sitting down to write this review (stick with me, this will all make sense soon). During the performance, Cleese took the audience on a journey through his childhood and career, refering to several significant relationships and the impact they had on him personally and professionally. …

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Sep 09

Book Review: The Blue-Eyed Aborigine by Rosemary Hayes

Summary (Walker Books Australia) Intriguing, hard-hitting story – first half is based on historical events, second half is fictional It is 1629, and there is mutiny in the air aboard the Dutch ship Batavia as she plies her way towards Java with her precious cargo. Jan, a cabin boy, and Wouter, a young soldier, find …

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Jul 02

Book Review: Mosquito Creek by Robert Engwerda

Summary (from Penguin Books website) Huge floodwaters have engulfed a remote Victorian goldfield, reducing the prospect of digging up a fortune from very slim to impossible, and adding disease to the many possibilities of sudden death in harsh conditions. As sickness starts to take its toll and calls mount for the rescue of diggers stranded …

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Apr 25

Book Review: E W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow by Lisa Lang

E W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow by Lisa Lang

Title: E W Cole: Chasing the Rainbow Author: Lisa Lang Publisher: Arcade Publications, 2007 (90 pages) ISBN: 978-0-9804367-0-9 Genre: non-fiction – Australian history, biography Summary (from Arcade Publications website) ‘The reign of knowledge and humanity is coming’ – EW Cole Lisa Lang introduces us to Melbourne’s most eccentric entrepreneur, taking us on the journey from …

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Aug 11

Review: The Night they Stormed Eureka by Jackie French

I’m a big Jackie French fan. I’ve always enjoyed her picture books and in the past 18 months have been impressed by the YA historical fiction titles that I have read. I think that she has a wonderful gift as a storyteller and particularly like the way she is able to portray a well known …

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Apr 30

Review: The Stamp of Australia by Kelly Burke

Despite the fact that I have a (much neglected) stamp collection of my own, I approached reviewing this book with some trepidation. I expected a rather factual presentation of names, dates and places in a kind of extended timeline illustrated with various stamps of significance. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Stamp …

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Apr 25

ANZAC Day and the Power of Words

Lest We Forget Wreath

April 25th is ANZAC Day in Australia. It is the day when our current and retired servicemen and women march in honour of those who have served in Australia’s military forces during a variety of wars and conflicts but most significantly the battle of Gallipoli in World War I. I have read quite a number …

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Apr 19

Review: Railway Portraits by Robert and Bruce Wheatley

One of the highlights of our recent excursion to Hunter Valley Steam Fest at Maitland was meeting Robert and Bruce Wheatley and purchasing a signed copy of their book Railway Portraits. More than a book about steam engines, this collection of black and white photographs captures the spirit of the age of steam. I am …

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