Historical Dictionary of Australia

Author: Norman Abjorensen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442245020

Category: History

Page: 608

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This fourth edition of Historical Dictionary of Australia covers its history through a chronology, an introductory essay, appendixes, and an extensive bibliography. The dictionary section has over 500 cross-referenced entries on important personalities, politics, economy, foreign relations, religion, and culture.
The A to Z of Australia

Author: James C. Docherty

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780810876347

Category: Australia

Page: 554

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The last continent to be claimed by Europeans, Australia began to be settled by the British in 1788 in the form of a jail for its convicts. While British culture has had the largest influence on the country and its presence can be seen everywhere, the British were not Australia's original populace. The first inhabitants of Australia, the Aborigines, are believed to have migrated from Southeast Asia into northern Australia as early as 60,000 years ago. This distinctive blend of vastly different cultures contributed to the ease with which Australia has become one of the world's most successful immigrant nations. The A to Z of Australia relates the history of this unique and beautiful land, which is home to an amazing range of flora and fauna, a climate that ranges from tropical forests to arid deserts, and the largest single collection of coral reefs and islands in the world. Through a detailed chronology, an introduction, appendixes, a bibliography, and cross-referenced dictionary entries on some of the more significant persons, places, and events; institutions and organizations; and political, economic, social, cultural, and religious facets, author James Docherty provides a much needed single volume reference on Australia, from its most unpromising of beginnings as a British jail to the liberal, tolerant, democracy it is today.
Under the Spell of the Ages

Author: Trisha Dixon

Publisher: National Library Australia

ISBN: 0642276234

Category: Australian poetry

Page: 192

View: 243

Ardent lovers of landscape scenery will delight in this lavishly illustrated book which showcases 25 of Australia's most elegant and exquisite historic gardens. Australia's leading garden design photographer and writer Trisha Dixon brings to life the beauty of gardens such as those of Brindabella Station, Elsey Station, Wallcliffe House, Heide and The Cedars, locating them in time and place as she draws on the work of writers such as Banjo Paterson, Patrick White, Miles Franklin, Mary Gilmore and Louisa Meredith, as well as on a wide variety of memoirs, diaries and letters.