A Traveller's History of Australia

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John H. Chambers
Interlink Books, 2002 - Travel - 347 pages
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The Traveller's History series is designed for travellers who want more historical background on the country they are visiting than can be found in a tour guide. Each volume offers a complete and authoritative history of the country from the earliest times up to the present. A Gazetteer cross-referenced to the main text pin-points the historical importance of sights and towns.

Illustrated with maps and line drawings, this literate and lively series makes ideal before-you-go reading, and is just as handy tucked into suitcase or backpack.

Essential reading for travelers who wish to enjoy the amazing diversity of Australia, this book outlines the history of that great southern democracy from the arrival of the earliest Aborigines some fifty or sixty thousand years ago to the present.

The ancient Aboriginal way of life is described; early European sightings; and the establishment of the British convict colony in 1788, which dragged the continent into the modern world. The dynamic story of Australia in the twentieth century and its confident cultural vibrancy in wine, food, film, and art are also examined.

  

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Contents

Aboriginal Australia
11
Europeans Arrive
36
The Convict System and the Growth
60
New Britannias Cities and Colonies
86
Explorers and Squatters the Demise
112
Economic Development
140
Democracy and Nationalism
172
The Early Federation the Great War
203
World War II and Postwar Changes
228
Politics the Economy
258
Adaptation of the Red Kangaroo to
297
Prime Ministers
307
Further Reading
315
Index
339
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Chambers was born in Queensland. He hold a Ph.D. from Columbia University and was a Visiting Professor at City University of New York.

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