Coming in 2018: Long Bay, A Prison History by Patrick Kennedy


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

Almost a French Australia: new paperback edition


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.

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Floating Prisons

Floating Prisons drwing

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.

—Matthew Richardson

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A Roundabout History

a perfect gift for those about to go caravanning around Australia

—Linda Ross, Talking Lifestyle

Across Australia, bandstands, rotundas and pavilions showcase the history and character of big cities and tiny townships. They are a testament to boom times, when gold called people from afar to share the spoils, and also to times of woe, built as monuments to the fallen in wars on distant lands.

Pavilions in Parks cover

For Alison Rose, they are windows to another time, and reveal a surprisingly rich and varied past. Her book, Pavilions in Parks, guides readers, travellers and nomads across the country, from Albany to Toogoolawah, where these little gems adorn the land.

Radio interview with Tim Webster and Linda Ross


New Maritime History of the Early Sydney Colony

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.

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