Russell Cox held me hostage at Long Bay before he and I were both shot in 1975. I have waited a long time to read the correct version of events of what happened on that harrowing day …
At last the truth about ‘The Bay’ and its many criminals and characters is on our shelves.
—Former Long Bay Prison Officer, Paul Cafe
“Heathcote author Pat Kennedy writes ‘first comprehensive history’ of Long Bay Jail”, The Leader
Royal Australian Historical Society grant
Patrick Kennedy’s website
The saga of France’s role in the exploration of and development of the Australian continent remained a well-kept secret for almost two centuries
To coincide with the national maritime exhibition:
The Art of Science, Baudin’s Voyagers 1800–04, currently on display at the Australian National Maritime Museum in Sydney, comes the new paperback edition of Professor Noelene Bloomfield’s popular book, Almost a French Australia: French-British Rivalry in the Southern Ocean.
Continue reading “Almost a French Australia: new paperback edition”
Charles Joseph La Trobe, from wherever he now watches, should be eternally grateful that John Barnes chose to be his biographer.
—Dr Andrew Lemon, former President of the Royal Historical Society of Victoria
Continue reading “La Trobe: “A man of a thousand occupations””
The transportation of thousands of men from Irish hulks to New South Wales is so crucial in the history of Ireland, Australia and the British Empire that you wonder why we’ve waited so long for the whole story of it. It illuminates much that has happened since in Australia and Ireland, as well as the mistakes, the successes and the lessons of British control, which were reflected in the subsequent conduct of the Empire.
Continue reading “Floating Prisons”
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”
The scale of the human tragedy there, especially with so many children killed, was almost beyond belief.
– ABC’s Papua New Guinea correspondent Sean Dorney
In the years before the Boxing Day Tsunami wrought havoc across the Indian ocean, and Fukushima was demolished by enormous waves, Australia was alerted to these dangers by a disaster closer to home.
Continue reading “The Great New Guinea Tsunami”
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”