The Australian People: An Encyclopedia of the Nation, Its People and Their Origins

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James Jupp, Director Centre for Immigration and Multicultural Studies James Jupp
Cambridge University Press, 2001 - History - 940 pages
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The Australian People documents the dramatic history of Australian settlement and describes the rich ethnic and cultural inheritance of the nation through the contributions of its people. It is one of the largest reference works of its kind, with approximately 250 expert contributors and almost one million words. Profusely illustrated in colour and black and white, the book is both a comprehensive encyclopedia and a survey of the controversial debates about citizenship and multiculturalism now th at Australia has attained the centenary of its federation.A first edition, which appeared in 1988, quickly became recognised as the standard reference and for many smaller ethnic groups the only reliable resource. This new edition incorporates data from the 1996 Census, gives greater weight to immigrants from outside Europe, and provides some fascinating essays on 'Building a Nation' in the final section.This unique reference will appeal to both a general and an academic audience. It will be a lasting resource both within Australia and internationally.

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The Colombian Independence Day is celebrated on the 20 of JULY. the reason why the author may have mistaken the date could be because in Australia Colombians celebrate on the closest weekend day to the 20th of July.
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This is an excellent book on the various immigrant groups that have populated Australia since its earliest days as a British colony. It's a great resource for students, or for anyone who's curious about the immigrant experience in "the lucky country". As the book overview points out its main features, there's no need to repeat that information in a review. But from a personal point of view, it was enlightening to read about the history of the Italians in Australia. The book offered a wider perspective than that of my parents and grandparents, detailing events from a century earlier and looking at the various aspects of the Italian experience in Australia over a 200-year time span.
I would recommend this book to anyone who's interested in family history and the history of Australia. It's a fascinating look at the variety of peoples who built a nation in their quest for a better life.
 

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