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Pastoral Australia

RRP $34.99

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Pastoral Australia tells the story of the expansion of Australia's pastoral industry, how it drove European settlement and involved Aboriginal people in the new settler society. The rural life that once saw Australia "ride on the sheep's back" is no longer what defines Australians, yet it is largely their history as a pastoral nation that has endured in heritage places and which is embedded in their self-image as Australians.

The challenges of sustaining a pastoral industry in Australia make a compelling story of their own. Developing livestock breeds able to prosper in the Australian environment was an ongoing challenge, as was getting wool and meat to market.

Many stock routes, wool stores, abattoirs, wharf facilities, railways, roads, and river and ocean transport systems that were developed to link the pastoral interior with the urban and market infrastructure still survive. Windmills, fences, homesteads, shearing sheds, bores, stock yards, traveling stock routes, bush roads and railheads all changed the look of the country. These features of the landscape are symbols of a pastoral Australia, and of the foundations of a national identity, which will endure long into the future.

Key features
Outlines the history of pastoralism from 1788 to 1967 in an accessible way
Links the history to the many and varied surviving sites and landscape features created by it, which are now part of the heritage
Tells the story of involvement of Aboriginal people in pastoralism, particularly in northern Australia
Puts pastoralism into the context of Australia's development as a nation


Australian Birds

RRP $12.99

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Australian Birds highlights over 140 bird species found in Australia. This folded guide conveniently fits into a pocket and is printed on weatherproof material. The back cover features vegetation zones found in Australia.

With 800 species of birds in the country, you need a program to identify the players. Australian Birds is the ideal eco-travel guide for the bird lover. Lightweight, it conveniently folds to fit into a pocket when you want to reach for your camera or binoculars.

This beautifully illustrated guide highlights over 140 familiar species and the prominent vegetation zones found in Australia. Laminated for durability, this handy guide is the one to take on your next birding adventure.

About the Author

Zoologist James Kavanagh has researched and written more than 450 publications pertaining to wildlife observation and outdoor recreation. His unique talent is in taking complex information and synthesizing the salient points to make knowledge about nature and the outdoors more accessible to novices, and to present quick, portable reference information for more experienced wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts.

His books have sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.


The Breweries Of Australia

RRP $19.95

The Breweries of Australia is a unique colonisation. From its small and scattered origins in convict settlements, the brewing industry has been vital in the development of hundreds of country towns, and is now one of Australia's largest and most important industries. In this encyclopaedic book, Keith Deutsher gives in detail the history of all the breweries, large and small, established in towns across Australia.

He records: all the known facts about each brewery the trials and tribulations of the brewers, their failures and successes descriptions of the difficulties of brewing in the hot Australian climate, and the relative inexperience of many of the brewers. the brewing dynasties and takeovers the change in preference from old English style ales to lager beers the human dramas many humorous anecdotes the battles with the Temperance Movement the origin of the X in XXXX the beginning and the rise of the boutique breweries. Breweries in every state in Australia are alphabetically listed by towns (with a location map for each state). The book includes chapters on Norfolk Island, a comprehensive review of the modern day boutique breweries, and gives details of complex takeovers by international breweries. There are summaries of all breweries. The book is a unique and invaluable reference for all interested in breweries, beer, Australian social history and the development of country townships. The Breweries of Australia is comprehensively illustrated with maps, cartoons, early brewery photographs and beer labels.

About the Author

Keith Deutsher, a retired businessman, has been connected with the brewing industry for many years as the manufacturer of the plastic six—ring beer can carrier.

He has also long been a collector, first of coins and banknotes, then vintage wines, Australian paintings and antique Wedgwood ceramics. He was the founder and foundation president of the Wedgwood Society of Australia and is currently President Emeritus of that society, an Honorary Life Member of the Wedgwood Society of New South Wales and a retired Honorary Member of the Board of Governors of the Wedgwood International Seminar of the United States. Keith is also a Life Member of the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, and a Founder Benefactor of the Art Foundation of Victoria.

More recently, he has concentrated on collecting the beer labels of Australian breweries, and has devoted himself to researching and recording the history of all known Australian breweries. Keith is a keen gardener and traveller, and for relaxation enjoys classical music and a game of snooker.


Travels With Epicurus

RRP $23.99

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Our society worships at the fountain of youth. Each year, we seek to avert the arrival of old age using everything at our disposal, from extreme exercise and botox to pilates and cosmetic dentistry. But in the process, are we missing out on a distinct and extraordinarily valuable stage of life? Daniel Klein ponders whether it is better to be forever young or to grin toothlessly and live an authentic old age. He journeys to the Greek island of Hydra to discover the secrets of ageing happily. Drawing on the lives of octagenarian Greek locals, as well as philosophers ranging from Epicurus to Sartre, he uncovers the pleasures that are available only late in life. An escapist travel book, a witty meditation, and an optimistic guide to living well, this is a delightful jaunt through the terrain of old age, led by a funny and uniquely perceptive modern-day sage.


A History Of European Housing In Australia

RRP $35.00

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This collection of essays, first published in 2000, was the first systematic attempt to explain the social, administrative, technical and cultural history of 'European' housing in Australia. Written by a collaborative team of scholars from a wide range of disciplines, it explains how Australian housing has evolved from the ideas brought by the first settlers, and what makes Australian housing distinctive in social terms. This book covers a broad range of topics including the ways in which houses reflect social values and aspirations, the relationship between houses and gardens, the home as a site of domestic production and consumption, and an exploration of how housing provides the basis for developing a sense of community. The book will be invaluable for students of urban affairs and those engaged in housing and the design professions, as well as policy-makers and analysts in the public and private sectors.



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