A Traveller's History of Australia

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A Traveller's History of Australia is essential reading for tourists, or anyone interested in Australia and its amazing diversity. This book gives a complete account of that great southern democracy from the arrival of the earliest Aborigines some fifty or sixty thousand years ago, to the present day. The ancient Aboriginal way of life is described; the vast deserts and fertile coastal plains, treacherous climate and peculiar marsupial animals; early European sightings; and the establishment of the British ...
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Overview

A Traveller's History of Australia is essential reading for tourists, or anyone interested in Australia and its amazing diversity. This book gives a complete account of that great southern democracy from the arrival of the earliest Aborigines some fifty or sixty thousand years ago, to the present day. The ancient Aboriginal way of life is described; the vast deserts and fertile coastal plains, treacherous climate and peculiar marsupial animals; early European sightings; and the establishment of the British convict colony in 1788, which dragged the continent into the modern world.

The dynamic story of Australia is continued into the twentieth century with its role in two world wars, the post-war discoveries of huge mineral deposits, and the influx of Southern European migrants who changed the country's ethnic make-up. Australia's courting of Asia in recent decades, the return of vast areas of land to the Aborigines and its confident cultural vibrancy in wine, food, film and art are all analyzed in the final chapter. A Historical gazetteer highlights the chief places of interest for tourists. The book concludes with two intriguing appendices: why boomerangs return and the peculiarities of kangaroo physiology.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781566563239
  • Publisher: Interlink Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/1/1999
  • Series: Traveller's History Series
  • Edition description: 1 AMER ED
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.08 (w) x 7.77 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction: Two Beginnings 1
Chapter 1 The Physical Environment 3
Chapter 2 Aboriginal Australia 11
Chapter 3 Europeans Arrive 36
Chapter 4 The Convict System and the Growth of the First Two Colonies 60
Chapter 5 New Britannias: Cities and Colonies all around the Coast 86
Chapter 6 Explorers and Squatters: the Demise of Black Australia 112
Chapter 7 Economic Development: 1850-1900 140
Chapter 8 Democracy and Nationalism: 1820-1900 172
Chapter 9 The Early Federation, the Great War, the 1920s and '30s 203
Chapter 10 World War II and Post-war Changes to 1972 228
Chapter 11 Politics, the Economy, and Culture since 1972 258
Appendix 1 Adaptation of the Red Kangaroo to the Environment 297
Appendix 2 Why Boomerangs Return 300
Governors-General, Governors, and Premiers 301
Prime Ministers 307
Chronology of Major Events 308
Further Reading 315
Historical Gazetteer 318
Index 339
Maps
Physical map of Australia 5
Sahul and important archaeological sites 13
Voyage of the First Fleet, 1787-88 50
The evolution of colonial and state boundaries showing capital cities 88
Long-distance exploration 114
The route of the overland telegraph line 123
The main mining districts: historical and contemporary 166
Modern map of Australia 260
Major Aboriginal lands 288
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