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Australians Volume 1: Origins to Eureka

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Media: BOOK - paperback, 640 pages
Author: T. Keneally
Year: 2010
Other Data: b&w & colour photos, index
ISBN: 9781742374505

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Product Code: ALL008

In this first volume of a unique history of Australia, 'people' are always centre stage, as bestselling author Thomas Keneally brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed our national story. Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers, it is from their lives and their stories that he has woven a vibrant history to do full justice to the rich and colourful nature of our unique national character.

The story begins by looking at European occupations through Aboriginal eyes as we move between the city slums and rural hovels of eighteenth century Britain and the shores of Port Jackson. We spend time on the low-roofed decks of convict transports, and we see the bewilderment of the Eora people as they encounter the first ships of 'turaga' or 'ghost people'. We follow the daily round of Bennelong and his wife Barangaroo, and the tribulations of warrior Windradyne. Convicts like Solomon Wiseman and John Wilson find their feet and even fortune, while Henry Parkes' arrival as a penniless immigrant gives few clues to the national statesman he was to become. We follow the treks of the Chinese diggers - the Celestials - to the goldfields, and revolutionaries such as Italian Raffaello Carboni and black American John Joseph bring us the drama of the Eureka uprising.

Were the first European mothers whores of matriarchs? Was the first generation of Australian children the luckiest or unluckiest on the planet? How did this often cruel and brutal penal experiment lead to a coherent civil society? To answer these and many more questions, Tom Keneally has brought to life the highs and the low, the convict and the free of early Australian society.

The way this book works
1. Dinner at Cuddle Springs
2. The Makassar Welcome
3. The England Cook Returned To
4. The Passage
5. Enquiries Ashore
6. The Weight of Prisoners
7. Confirmation of Existence
8. Into the Blue
9. After Phillip
10. A New Vinegar Hill
11. The Perturbator
12. Comes the Avenger
13. Radical Transportees
14. Arriving at the End of Things
15. The Heady Business of Exploring
16. Merrie England
17. 'All Freedom and Sentiment'
18. New Holland
19. Myall Creek ... and Beyond
20. Lost Women, Lost Tribes
21. Molesworth's Committee
22. The Girl from the Female Factory
23. The Poor Emigrant Shore
24. Fetching Spouses
25. Canada Bay
26. Democracy
27. East Indiamen
28. Golden Epiphany
29. How Gold Makes All New
30. Golden Celestials
31. The Republican Push
32. Police State?
33. The Battle
34. The Aftermath
Timeline to 1860

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