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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La Trobe – Best History Publication Award

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



Oswald Brett: Tribute to a World Renowned Marine Artist

Os aboard Endeavour

by Stan Stefaniak FASMA, President, The Australian Society of Marine Artists

Oswald (Os) Longfield Brett, 1921–2017

Born 3 April 1921 in Cheltenham, New South Wales, Oswald Longfield Brett spent much time sketching ships in Sydney Harbour and imagining the day when he could go to sea. He also drew inspiration for painting from his mother Estelle Brett (née Mutton), a talented amateur portrait and landscape artist. Both Estelle and Oswald’s sister Judith encouraged him with his painting even later in his life. Os, as he was affectionately called by his friends, knew at an early age that he would be a professional artist concentrating entirely on ships and the sea.

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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