Categories

 > History > Australia & Oceania

2,579 results were found

Sort by:

The Annotated Moods of Ginger Mick
by , Clarence Dennis

Language

English

Pages

Publication Date

March 23, 2017

Product Description
Customer Reviews
The Moods of Ginger Mick, also known simply as Ginger Mick, is the second verse-novel written by C.J. Dennis, one of Australia’s great popularist early Twentieth century poets, along with Henry Lawson and Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson.<br />In 1915, following earlier appearances in The Bulletin, an Australian political and literary periodical, C.J. Dennis presented in book form The Songs of a Sentimental Bloke, also known simply as The Sentimental Bloke. This was a verse-novel about a rough-and-tumble street lout, called Bill, and nick-named “the Kid”, who falls in love with a young woman, called Doreen, and … you will have to read about the Bloke elsewhere.<br />It was part of the fictional world, and literary art of The Sentimental Bloke that C.J. Dennis pretended (most of the time) that it was the Bloke, himself, who wrote the book. This means that the spelling is often phonetic. It also means that there are many words of slang, and unusual (obsolete) idioms that were, at the time, natural to Bill, but sometimes hard going for a modern reader. (Sometimes very hard going! Hard going even for readers of that era!)<br />Even when the books were first published, C.J. Dennis included a Glossary of words – slang and idiomatic expressions – used in the book, to explain to non-larrikin readers what Bill, the Kid, the Sentimental Bloke, a larrikin and gang member of the rough inner Melbourne streets means with some of his otherwise seemingly foreign language.<br />It is a fundamental fact of The Sentimental Bloke, that when Bill needs the best-man services of a very good friend, it is Ginger Mick he calls on. Surprisingly, Bill fails to mention this when, at the beginning of Ginger Mick, writing as THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE, he creates an Introduction, “to intraj’uice me cobber, an ’is name is Ginger Mick”. The Bloke makes it quite clear he has a profound respect for Ginger Mick, but says nothing more about their friendship as members of the same inner-city gang, or “push”. (The word “push”, like so much else in the Bloke’s and Ginger Mick’s vocabulary, is slang, and fundamentally Australian, with large debts to the Motherland, Britain. An Australian “push” is a street gang. At the time, the word was widely used and familiar to many Australians. Even so, Dennis included “push” in his Glossary, for the sake of genteel and non-Australian readers.)<br />Although this “Introduction” to Ginger Mick is credited overtly to THE SENTIMENTAL BLOKE (the capitals are his own, apparently), the rest of Ginger Mick is also written, we must suppose, by Bill, the Sentimental Bloke, himself – C.J Dennis’s sometime persona.
Not Your Usual Australian Villains
by Peter Macinnis

Language

English

Pages

Publication Date

March 23, 2017

Product Description
Customer Reviews
Australia was here long before the whites arrived. According to their narrative, it was founded as a penal colony, and the residents were all felons, but they and their descendants turned out to be an interesting mob, who didn't always follow all the rules in quite the way that the authorities hoped. Some of their villainy, however, was low grade, like the practical women who wore trousers, and the people who went swimming. <br /><br />A few of the swimmers wore decorous clothing, but "the rest of us reefed off our clothing, in our hurry sending buttons in all directions, and plunged into the pleasant water", said Miles Franklin. Another villain was Moondyne Joe, who was probably the only convict ever given a pardon for being excellent at escaping, and then there was Diver Fitzgerald, rewarded by the governor for stealing (as ordered), a ship's bell at night.<br /><br />We need to mention the Sabbath breakers, the convicts and debtors who "ran", and Lola Montez, described as "a very simple-mannered, well-behaved, cigar-loving young person...". Like Lola, some of the colonists were bigamists. And the crooked lawyers, the wicked magistrates, and a totally evil archdeacon.<br /><br />Other villains were confidence tricksters, patent medicine sellers who claimed to cure anything, libellers, a would-be assassin, sly merchants, environmental vandals of several kinds, some surprising conspirators, political prisoners, rioters, duellists, wife-sellers, bullies, and even a cannibal captain who died of plague.<br /><br />And just to end on a high note, there are a few murderers who were strung up. You can’t get much higher than that, though finding the first hangman was another matter: that’s in there as well.<br /><br />Peter Macinnis is an award-winning Australian writer for both adults and children, and his awards come from the Children's Book Council of Australia, the West Australian Premier, the Wilderness Society, and the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, among others.<br /><br />Trained as a biologist, he cares about the stories behind things, and so he has become well-regarded as an historian. He also talks on ABC Radio national from time to time, sometimes teaches adults how to do extreme research and data handling, and thoroughly enjoys being the visiting scientist at his local K-6 school.<br />
The Māori of New Zealand (Annotated)
by Daniel Vannorman Lucas

Language

English

Pages

Publication Date

March 21, 2017

Product Description
Customer Reviews
This edition of The Māori of New Zealand (originally The Maoris of New Zealand) has been annotated and updated. To help the reader, where necessary, Māori words have been updated to their modern spelling and, in the first instance, an annotation has been made giving the original spelling used by D. V. Lucas. This helps when searching the document for key topics and terms. For example, if looking for the story of Hinemoa and Tūtānekai, Lucas spells Tūtānekai as Tutane-kia. While making these changes, care has been taken to preserve the original text and meaning. The key objective is a clear text that a modern reader can both understand and search for key terms and topics. This is why the modern spelling has gone into the text and the old spelling into the annotations. Not all Māori words have been updated, either due to ambiguity or risk of changing the meaning. <br /><br />D. V. Lucas borrowed heavily from the writings of Governor Sir George Grey and John White in compiling this volume. In this, it is but a primer to Māori culture as seen through the eyes of the colonizer.<br /><br />About the author:<br /><br />Daniel Van Norman Lucas (1834-1911) was a Methodist Minister born and raised in Ontario, Canada. He was the author of a number of books including Canaan and Canada, Railway Sermons, All About Canada, Australia and Homeward, and Wine, Bad and Good, among others. He had a special interest in the temperance movement. His public opposition to alcohol (“intoxicating liquors”) and his message of abstinence, led him to tour New Zealand and Australia on a lecture circuit. While in New Zealand he developed an active interest in Māori custom and culture. This book was the product of that interest and was first published in 1910, a year before his death at 77 years of age.<br />
The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an Amer...
by Timothy Egan

Language

English

Pages

389

Publication Date

March 01, 2016

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<DIV><B>"An old-fashioned tale of tall talk, high ideals,and irresistible appeal . . . You will not read a historical thriller like this all year . . . [Egan] is a master storyteller." <I>—Boston Globe</I><BR /><BR /> “Egan has a gift for sweeping narrative . . . and he has a journalist’s eye for the telltale detail . . . This is masterly work.” — <I>New York Times Book Review</I></B><BR />  <BR /> In this exciting and illuminating work, National Book Award winner Timothy Egan delivers a story, both rollicking and haunting, of one of the most famous Irish Americans of all time. A dashing young orator during the Great Hunger of the 1840s, Thomas Francis Meagher led a failed uprising against British rule, for which he was banished to a Tasmanian prison colony for life. But two years later he was “back from the dead” and in New York, instantly the most famous Irishman in America. Meagher’s rebirth included his leading the newly formed Irish Brigade in many of the fiercest battles of the Civil War. Afterward, he tried to build a new Ireland in the wild west of Montana—a quixotic adventure that ended in the  great mystery of his disappearance, which Egan resolves convincingly at last.<BR />  <BR /><B>“This is marvelous stuff. Thomas F. Meagher strides onto Egan's beautifully wrought pages just as he lived—powerfully larger than life. A fascinating account of an extraordinary life.” — Daniel James Brown, author of <I>The Boys in the Boat</I><BR />  <BR /> “Thomas Meagher’s is an irresistible story, irresistibly retold by the virtuosic Timothy Egan . . . A gripping, novelistic page-turner.” — <I>Wall Street Journal</I></B><BR />  </DIV>
Pregnancy: Pregnancy The BEST Pregnancy Handbook For First Time M...
by Cassandra Paterson

Language

English

Pages

139

Publication Date

September 05, 2016

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<h1><b>THE GREATEST MIRACLE IN THE WORLD IS A EXPECTING MOM !</b></h1><br /><br /><br /><h2>☆★☆ Read this book for FREE on Kindle Unlimited - Download Now! ☆★☆</h2><br /><b>Are you expecting but you are not sure what to expect? Do you wish you knew all the right answers? Are you tired of being a nervous wreck about being a parent ?</b><p></p><br />When you download <i>The BEST Pregnancy Handbook For First Time Moms And Dads</i>, your mood and state of mind will improve steadily each day! You will discover everything you need to know about being a expecting mom or dad .<p></p><br />Would you like to know more about:<br /><ul><li>what your baby is doing in there ? </li><br /><li>the myths of guessing the babies sex based on the position of your stomach</li><br /><li>knowing if to breast feed or not breast feed</li><br /><li>Being a dad and wondering about How you can help your Wife </li><br /><li> the day by day growth </li></ul><br />different trimesters <p></p><br />This book breaks training down from month 1 to month 10<br /><br /><b>Download <i>The BEST Pregnancy Handbook For First Time Moms And Dads</i> now, and start making your house into a home!</b><p></p><br /><h2>Scroll to the top and select the "BUY" button for instant download. </h2><p></p><br />You’ll be happy you did!<br />
Mother of Ten (Whisper My Secret Book 2)
by JB Rowley

Language

English

Pages

236

Publication Date

April 21, 2013

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p><strong> What happens to children who are robbed of family?</strong></p><p>Myrtle’s first three children grew up without any knowledge of their mother after Myrtle was forced to give them up when they were still toddlers. Not only were the children deprived of contact with their mother, they also grew up devoid of any knowledge of each other after being placed in separate facilities.</p><p>In this sequel to Whisper My Secret, JB Rowley explores what happened to the three half-siblings she never knew. As one of the children of Myrtle’s second family, JB also offers a personal view of a mother making a new life without her first family.</p><p>Although the devastating loss of her first three children remained with her, Myrtle became a caring and committed mother of seven more children living in near isolation in the Australian bush. This mother’s strength of character is matched in her first three children who survived and thrived despite being cheated of the nurturing that should have been their birthright.</p> <p>Their stories are sad, sometimes heartbreaking but ultimately courageous and inspiring.</p>
Lost in Shangri-La: A True Story of Survival, Adventure, and the ...
by Mitchell Zuckoff

Language

English

Pages

563

Publication Date

April 26, 2011

Product Description
Customer Reviews
“A lost world, man-eating tribesmen, lush andimpenetrable jungles, stranded American fliers (one of them <em>a dame withgreat gams</em>, for heaven's sake), a startling rescue mission. . . . This is atrue story made in heaven for a writer as talented as Mitchell Zuckoff. Whew—what an utterly compelling and deeplysatisfying read!" —Simon Winchester, author of <em>Atlantic</em><br /><em> </em><br />Award-winning former <em>Boston Globe</em> reporter Mitchell Zuckoffunleashes the exhilarating, untold story of an extraordinary World War IIrescue mission, where a plane crash in the South Pacific plunged a trio of U.S.military personnel into a land that time forgot. Fans of Hampton Sides’ <em>Ghost Soldiers</em>, Marcus Luttrell’s <em>Lone Survivor</em>, and David Grann’s <em>The Lost Cityof Z </em>will be captivated by Zuckoff’s masterfullyrecounted, all-true story of danger, daring, determination, and discovery injungle-clad New Guinea during the final days of WWII.
Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
by David Hunt

Language

English

Pages

286

Publication Date

July 24, 2013

Product Description
Customer Reviews
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. Shortlisted for the 2014 ABA Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award, 2014 NSW Premier's Literary Awards and the 2014 Australian Book Industry Awards. ‘A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.’ —John Birmingham ‘Hilarious and insightful -- with a keen eye for the absurd, coupled with impeccable comic phrasing, Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history. Not since Keith Windschuttle has an historian made me laugh so much.’ —Chris Taylor ‘Australian history never looked like this! Beneath the humour is an interesting analysis backed by extensive research, which has uprooted some little-known historical gems. Girt will appeal to readers who enjoyed John Birmingham’s Leviathan as much as lovers of Chaser-style satire and the humour of John Clarke … and leaves this reader hoping there will be further instalments.’ —Books+Publishing ‘Girt … cuts an irreverent swath 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 Best Books of 2013 ‘David Hunt knows how to make the most of history’s juicy bits to hook the reader.’ —the Age ‘… fascinating anomalies and anecdotes that never made the pages of Australia’s official history books … surprising, bizarre and often hilarious.’ —Limelight ‘David Hunt takes aim at some of Australia’s historical sacred cows with his unique brand of irreverent and often profane humour … Beneath the [this] is an interesting analysis backed by extensive research…’ —Bookseller & Publisher ‘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. But it’s not all jokes and jolly japes. David Hunt has done his research…’ —Herald Sun ‘Girt is a ripping read… a humorous history that is accessible enough to share with the eight-year-old. Hunt’s writing interests span comedy, politics and history, a happy triumvirate when your subject is Australia.’ —Stephen Romei in the Australian David Hunt is the author of Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia, which won the 2014 Indie Award for non-fiction and was shortlisted in both the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and Australian Book Industry Awards. David is a historian, comedy writer and children’s book author. He has a birthmark that looks like Tasmania, only smaller and not as far south.
The Memory Code: The Secrets of Stonehenge, Easter Island and Oth...
by Lynne Kelly

Language

English

Pages

336

Publication Date

February 07, 2017

Product Description
Customer Reviews
<p>The discovery of a powerful memory technique used by our Neolithic ancestors in their monumental memory places—and how we can use their secrets to train our own minds</p><br />In ancient, pre-literate cultures across the globe, tribal elders had encyclopedic memories. They could name all the animals and plants across a landscape, identify the stars in the sky, and recite the history of their people. Yet today, most of us struggle to memorize more than a short poem.<br /><br /><br /><br />Using traditional Aboriginal Australian song lines as a starting point, Dr. Lynne Kelly has since identified the powerful memory technique used by our ancestors and indigenous people around the world. In turn, she has then discovered that this ancient memory technique is the secret purpose behind the great prehistoric monuments like Stonehenge, which have puzzled archaeologists for so long.<br /><br /><br /><br />The henges across northern Europe, the elaborate stone houses of New Mexico, huge animal shapes in Peru, the statues of Easter Island—these all serve as the most effective memory system ever invented by humans. They allowed people in non-literate cultures to memorize the vast amounts of information they needed to survive. But how?<br /><br /><br /><br />For the first time, Dr. Klly unlocks the secret of these monuments and their uses as "memory places" in her fascinating book. Additionally, <em>The Memory Code</em> also explains how we can use this ancient mnemonic technique to train our minds in the tradition of our forbearers.
Island of the Lost: Shipwrecked at the Edge of the World
by Joan Druett

Language

English

Pages

299

Publication Date

June 08, 2007

Product Description
Customer Reviews
Auckland Island is a godforsaken place in the middle of the Southern Ocean, 285 miles south of New Zealand. With year-round freezing rain and howling winds, it is one of the most forbidding places in the world. To be shipwrecked there means almost certain death.<br /> <br /> In 1864 Captain Thomas Musgrave and his crew of four aboard the schooner <em>Grafton</em> wreck on the southern end of the island. Utterly alone in a dense coastal forest, plagued by stinging blowflies and relentless rain, Captain Musgrave—rather than succumb to this dismal fate—inspires his men to take action. With barely more than their bare hands, they build a cabin and, remarkably, a forge, where they manufacture their tools. Under Musgrave's leadership, they band together and remain civilized through even the darkest and most terrifying days.<br /> <br /> Incredibly, at the same time on the opposite end of the island—twenty miles of impassable cliffs and chasms away—the <em>Invercauld</em> wrecks during a horrible storm. Nineteen men stagger ashore. Unlike Captain Musgrave, the captain of the <em>Invercauld</em> falls apart given the same dismal circumstances. His men fight and split up; some die of starvation, others turn to cannibalism. Only three survive. Musgrave and all of his men not only endure for nearly two years, they also plan their own astonishing escape, setting off on one of the most courageous sea voyages in history.<br /> <br /> Using the survivors' journals and historical records, award-winning maritime historian Joan Druett brings this extraordinary untold story to life, a story about leadership and the fine line between order and chaos.

Enter the Kind Reader Monthly Drawing

Kind Reader Monthly Drawing (March 2017)

Congratulations to February 2017's winner Henry H. of New York, USA.