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Girt

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1863956115
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Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia ... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock," and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup. Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us. Not to read it would be un-Australian "A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history." - John Birmingham "Hilarious and insightful -- Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history." - Chris Taylor, The Chaser

Girt

Author: David Hunt
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ISBN: 9781525222740
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Winner of the 2014 Indie Award for Non - Fiction. Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia... In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie ... the cock - ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Mark Twain wrote of Australian history: 'It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies ... but they are all true, they all happened.' In Girt, Hunt uncovers these beautiful lies, recounting the strange and ridiculous episodes that conventional histories ignore. The result is surprising, enlightening - and side - splittingly funny. Girt explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup, the Dutch obsession with nailing perfectly good kitchenware to posts, and the settlers' fear of Pemulwuy and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamingcoat. It introduces us to forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the typically Irish crime of 'felony of sock'; Patyegarang, the young Eora girl who co - authored the world's most surprising dictionary; and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. Our nation's beginnings were steeped in the unlikely, the incongruous and the frankly bizarre. Girt restores these stories to their rightful place. Not to read it would be un - Australian.

Girt

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: Black Incorporated
ISBN: 9781863957823
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'If there's a better book on Australian history, it won't be as funny.' - Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project 'Hilarious and insightful - Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history.' - Chris Taylor, The Chaser 'A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.' - John Birmingham 'There is barely a page in Girt that won't inspire a chortle. It's our early history told by a writer with a wit sharp enough to slice tomatoes.' - The Herald Sun 'Girt . . . cuts an irreverent swathe through the facts, fools, fantasies and frauds that made this country what it is today, hoisting sacred cows on their own petards and otherwise sawing the legs off Lady Macquarie's chair. I was transported.' - Shane Maloney, The Age 'Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia . . . ' In this hilarious, best-selling history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of 'felony of sock', and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup. Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girtproudly reclaims these stories for all of us. Not to read it would be un-Australian.

True Girt

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: Schwartz Publishing Pty. Ltd.
ISBN: 1863958843
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Aboriginal Australians

Author: Richard Broome
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1741765544
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A powerful history of black and white encounters in Australia since colonization, this fully updated edition remains the only concise survey of Aboriginal history since 1788 In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society. Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology, and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern. Since its first edition in 1982, Broome'sAboriginal Australianshas won acclaim as a classic account of race relations in Australia. This fully rewritten fourth edition continues the story, covering the uneven implementation of native title, the plight of remote Aboriginal communities, the "Intervention," and the landmark apology to the "stolen generations" by Federal Parliament.

The Nose Pixies

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 146070598X
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The hilarious debut picture book from the award-winning and bestselling author of GIRT. This is a book with a grossness that kids will love, and with a message that parents will adore. The wickedly funny, deliciously clever picture book debut from David Hunt (GIRT) with illustrations by award-winning artist Lucia Masciullo (THE BOY AND THE TOY). Oliver has a bad habit. A very bad habit. He just can't keep his fingers out of his nose, which is a big problem for the tiny pixies who mine his 'nose gold' to keep their cities running. The Nose Pixies return to their kingdom with empty handkerchiefs night after night. And unless their luck changes, they'll be out of a job ... or worse! Ages 4-8 PRAISE 'Kids will love all the disgusting things in this truly imaginative book' Four-star review, Books+Publishing

Why Australia Prospered

Author: Ian W. McLean
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 0691154678
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This book is the first comprehensive account of how Australia attained the world's highest living standards within a few decades of European settlement, and how the nation has sustained an enviable level of income to the present. Beginning with the Aboriginal economy at the end of the eighteenth century, Ian McLean argues that Australia's remarkable prosperity across nearly two centuries was reached and maintained by several shifting factors. These included imperial policies, favorable demographic characteristics, natural resource abundance, institutional adaptability and innovation, and growth-enhancing policy responses to major economic shocks, such as war, depression, and resource discoveries. Natural resource abundance in Australia played a prominent role in some periods and faded during others, but overall, and contrary to the conventional view of economists, it was a blessing rather than a curse. McLean shows that Australia's location was not a hindrance when the international economy was centered in the North Atlantic, and became a positive influence following Asia's modernization. Participation in the world trading system, when it flourished, brought significant benefits, and during the interwar period when it did not, Australia's protection of domestic manufacturing did not significantly stall growth. McLean also considers how the country's notorious origins as a convict settlement positively influenced early productivity levels, and how British imperial policies enhanced prosperity during the colonial period. He looks at Australia's recent resource-based prosperity in historical perspective, and reveals striking elements of continuity that have underpinned the evolution of the country's economy since the nineteenth century.

The United States Of Australia

Author: Cameron Jamieson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781508443766
Size: 27.13 MB
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The United States of Australia is a hilarious and educational introduction to Australia and its quirky inhabitants. Written for Americans, but equally amusing to anyone visiting the shores of the Great Southern Land, this book examines the relationship between Australia and the U.S., including how Australians view their American cousins. Topics include Blokes and Sheilas, Bloody Foster's, Dangerous Creatures, Talking to Dogs, The GAFA, Speaking Strail-yun and Working for the Queen. Confused? You won't be after reading this book!

Deep Time Dreaming

Author: Billy Griffiths
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1743820380
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People would have known about Australia before they saw it. Smoke billowing above the sea spoke of a land that lay beyond the horizon. A dense cloud of migrating birds may have pointed the way. But the first Australians were voyaging into the unknown. Soon after Billy Griffiths joins his first archaeological dig as camp manager and cook, he is hooked. Equipped with a historian’s inquiring mind, he embarks on a journey through time, seeking to understand the extraordinary deep history of the Australian continent. Deep Time Dreaming is the passionate product of that journey. It investigates a twin revolution: the reassertion of Aboriginal identity in the second half of the twentieth century, and the uncovering of the traces of ancient Australia. It explores what it means to live in a place of great antiquity, with its complex questions of ownership and belonging. It is about a slow shift in national consciousness: the deep time dreaming that has changed the way many of us relate to this continent and its enduring, dynamic human history. ‘The freshest, most important book about our past in years.’ Tim Flannery ‘Once every generation a book comes along that marks the emergence of a powerful new literary voice and shifts our understanding of the nation’s past. Deep Time Dreaming is one such book. Read it: it will change the way you see Australian history.’ Mark McKenna ‘A remarkable book, and one destined, I believe, to become a modern classic of Australian history-writing.’ Iain McCalman ‘Rich and absorbing, at times spellbinding.’ Grace Karskens ‘A brilliant and reflective history of Australian archaeology.’ Mike Smith Billy Griffiths is the author of The China Breakthrough and co-editor with Mike Smith of The Australian Archaeologist’s Book of Quotations. He is a research fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation.

Australia

Author: Frank Welsh
Publisher: Overlook Pr
ISBN: 9781585678617
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Australia: A New History of the Great Southern Land is a major new account that places Australia's history fully within a global context, drawing on sources from the United States, Britain, South Africa, and Canada, as well as within Australia itself.