Halstead Press is excited to announce that La Trobe: Traveller, Writer Governor, by John Barnes, has won best History Publication in the Victorian Community History Awards.
John Barnes uncovers the man behind the public name, as not only an important colonial figure but an author and artist. Tracing his globetrotting early years and struggles as Governor in Victoria during the gold rush to his eventual blindness in old age, this comprehensive biography is filled with interesting colonial illustrations and his personal correspondence.
La Trobe: Traveller, Writer, Governor
She [Joy Eadie] has forced us to re-examine in some detail a largely forgotten figure in Australian art. For this we must be grateful.
Continue reading “Discovering Charles Meere – Joy Eadie”
The Flag’s Up
by Peter Poland
In the early days of the colony, ships from Russia, France, America and Spain anchored alongside British convict vessels in Sydney’s renowned harbour. Many famous figures sailed through the heads, such as Bligh, Bennelong, Flinders and Macquarie. The South Head Lookout Post which recorded these arrivals and departures has been manned since January 1790, making it the longest permanently manned site in Australia.
Continue reading “New Maritime History of the Early Sydney Colony”
This is not a quick fix program. There are no expensive gym memberships or equipment. You don’t need to find your “inner self” or walk on burning coals.
– Dr Bryce Fleming (B.Chiro.SC M.Chiro)
Continue reading “4 Weeks to Wellness”
However modern we might feel, corruption is a pre-existing and ongoing fact of Sydney life. Certainly this is the implication of Lesley Muir’s marvellous book.
– Elizabeth Farrelly
Continue reading “Shady Acres”
A History of the Manning Valley
This area lies about 300km north of Sydney, where the earliest European settlers first arrived in the late 1820s. The Manning River runs through this rugged, isolated terrain, and this was to become the region’s main highway throughout the 19th Century. It is a valley with a rich history, a hidden gem with a rich past, and Max Solling’s latest book tells those stories and more, painting a vivd picture of life before and after settlement, and the people who left their homelands for a new life on the other side of the world. He also tells of the conservation history of the Wingham Brush, the last remnant of ancient wilderness in the region, and details the fight for its survival.
Max Solling is a passionate advocate for local histories whose previous work, a history of Glebe, was released to great acclaim.
Town & Country RRP $59.95
LIFE’S A RISK. BUT HOW TO CALCULATE IT?
What are the risks we incur in life? How much is attributed to lifestyle? How much is pure chance? Is there anything we can do to minimise risk?
Risk analyst Robert Phillips may have the answers.
Continue reading “A Risky Life”
Centennial Park is a priceless haven in our city, a carefully tended patch of ‘wilderness’. As we enjoy its many pleasures, we should appreciated how hard-won they are. And we should never take them for granted.
—Susan Wyndham, Literary Editor, The Sydney Morning Herald.
Continue reading “Centennial Park: A History”
John Stokes is a poet of light and water and the sound of women’s cries. He has a thing for the Australian landscape.
Continue reading “Fire in the Afternoon”