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The Colourful Figures Behind Australia’s Biggest Art Scandal

A Newcastle Sun headline On the morning of 23 October 1944, braving an unseasonably cold wind and looming clouds, a large crowd gathered outside the Supreme Court of New South Wales in Queens Square on Macquarie Street, hoping to witness what the Adelaide News called “one of the biggest legal smash hits since Ned Kelly”. (more…)

The Roots of Australian Science

"This book is for everyone, especially for scientific researchers, their leaders and supervisors, and decision makers involved in funding science research to discover what worked, and to contribute to a scientific revival in Australia." - The Globe (more…)


New Long Bay Jail book covers death of Rockdale prison officer and Caringbah nurse being held hostage Pat Kennedy's new book will be landing in stores at Easter. To buy an exclusive copy from the author this month, contact him through his website.

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…

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 —Bloomfield 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,…

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…

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…

Eminent Christians in their Own Words

A second glance at Graham Downie's Servants and Leaders, with George Pell back in the country to face the music In my first interview with him, on 10 May 2001, George Pell seemed to make every effort to sound gentle and caring, but the constraints of his understanding of his Church’s teaching made that task almost impossible —Graham Downie (more…)

Celebrating 60 Years of Thredbo

Pioneers, Legends, Community by Chas Keys ". . . what Thredbo reveals is a unique story about the migrant experience in Australia, and how these men and women, by looking for a place to call home, transformed the Australian Alps, and Australian culture in turn." —The Weekly Times Coinciding with the 60 year milestone, Thredbo tells the incredible story of visionaries in the 1950s…