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Somersaults in the Sand

Mapping Australia’s riches Even today, spending weeks in Australia’s outback is not for the faint-hearted, even if you were in search of the riches that lie beneath Australia’s soil. Somersaults in the Sand tells the story of that time. Canberra author and geologist Alastair Stewart was among a group of intrepid explorers tasked with mapping the complex picture of Australia’s…

Creative Capital by Peter Dawson

Bright Ideas from Canberra's Boffins, Bureaucrats and Businessmen There’s so much more to Australia’s capital than politicians and roundabouts, and this book reveals the full  extent of the inventions and innovations to come out of Canberra. To author Peter Dawson, Canberra is an ideas city, and his book lists many of the brightest and best to have come from smart…

Faraway Places with Strange Sounding Names

A Golden Era in World Travel   In the late 70s adventure bus journeys were the most exciting form of international travel. Buses crossed continents to the fabled cities of Asia, Europe, Africa and South America, carrying adventurous travellers across scenic lands and harsh deserts. Many of the passengers were Australians, going to and from Britain and Europe. Faraway Places…

Ellen Thomson: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt?

The only woman executed in Queensland. Was it a fair trial? At 8 o’clock on Monday morning, 13 June 1887, Ellen Thomson was hanged at Her Majesty’s Brisbane Gaol for the murder of her husband. She is the only woman to be executed under Queensland law. But did she receive a fair trial, and did she deserve the ultimate punishment?…

Wife and Baggage to Follow

The Pioneering Wives of Australia's Diplomats Wife and Baggage to Follow contains first hand stories of overseas postings in the words of Australian diplomats’ wives. It offers an eye opening journey through the early decades of the service, starting with the experiences of Australia’s first wife of a Head of Mission in Washington, and continuing to the likes of Beirut,…

Treasures of Canberra

Betty Churcher and Lucy Quinn Put Canberra on the Global Map This book highlights Canberra’s arrival as a world cultural centre, with collections of art and artefacts that are exceptional in range and intensity. It is a celebration of Australian art, and Australia’s history. Former Australian National Gallery director Betty Churcher is a household name, thanks also to her books…

100 Canberra Houses

A Century of Canberra at Home Every government has a home, and every home  has a heart. Australia’s is to be found in Canberra, one of the few purpose-built national capitals in the world. In celebration of Canberra’s Centenary, 100 Canberra Houses tells the story of the capital through its houses, built on the Limestone Plains over the past 100…

Book Opens Gateway to China

Confucius Says No, by Leonard Yong, RRP $29.95 “Leonard’s book is a valuable key to understanding our regional neighbours.” – The Hon Michael Kirby AC CMG (Former High Court Judge of Australia) Leonard Yong's latest book was recently launched to acclaim at the Union Club in Sydney by The Hon Michael Kirby. Among a large gathering, Mr Kirby spoke at length…