History Australasia & Pacific Books

The Outback Calls You Back

One man's journey into Outback Australia rekindles distant memories. Forty two years earlier in 1976, the land was harsh and unforgiving, in 2018 he finds that not much has changed, the land is still harsh and unforgiving, some towns have grown while others have become a ghost of their past. This is the true story of a camping trip to the outback that didn't go according to plan. 

An Historical Geography of Tourism in Victoria, Australia: Case Studies

This work is concerned with the emergence of tourism in colonial Victoria, Australia, and is part of ongoing research into understanding the ‘tourism era of discovery’. It deals with the processes of opening up new attractions and its focus is the embryonic or emergent phase in which natural attractions become the subject of tourist visitation. It is contextualized in the study of eight tourism sites that are the primary focus of this work.

Australia and How To Find It: A pom's musings on the Great South Land (Book 3 in Australia: a personal story)

WHY did men and women once have to wear skirts to swim in in Sydney?WHAT did famous writers such as Mark Twain and Anthony Trollope have to say about Australia?HOW did the miracle known as the Sydney Opera House ever see the light of day?WHAT is the point of family history?These and other random stories arose out of the writer’s researches into her family history in early colonial Australia. 'Australia And How To Find It' is a mixture of odds and sods about that weird, eccentric country that didn’t make it into the author’s previous books. It explains the background to some of the more bizarre rules and regulations that popped up in the country’s development, and how the country looked to overseas visitors. How border disagreements led to passengers having to change trains because of the different railway gauges, and why murder defendants had to be tried twice. How Admiral Nelson was able to joke about only having one arm (and why he warrants inclusion in a book about Australia); the struggle of the Aboriginal people to wrest their artefacts back from the clutches of the British Museum; how Australian culture is a lot more diverse and innovative than given credit for by the rest of the world.Aimed at readers interested in the idiosyncrasies of this unique country and its inhabitants, old and new, as seen through the eyes of a Londoner and Australophile.

Remembrance of Pacific Pasts: An Invitation to Remake History

How does one describe the Pacific's pasts? The easy confidence historians once had in writing about the region has disappeared in the turmoil surrounding today's politics of representation. Earlier narratives that focused on what happened when are now accused of encouraging myths of progress. Remembrance of Pacific Pasts takes a different course. It acknowledges history's multiplicity and selectivity, its inability to represent the past in its entirety "as it really was" and instead offers points of reference for thinking with and about the region's pasts. It encourages readers to participate in the historical process by constructing alternative histories that draw on the volume's chapters.The book's thirty-four contributions, written by a range of authors spanning a variety of styles and disciplines, are organized into four sections. The first presents frames of reference for analyzing the problems, poetics, and politics involved in addressing the region's pasts today. The second considers early Islander-Western contact focusing on how each side sought to physically and symbolically control the other. The third deals with the colonial dynamics of the region: the "tensions of empire" that permeated imperial rule in the Pacific. The fourth explores the region's postcolonial politics through a discussion of the varied ways independence and dependence overlap today.Remembrance of Pacific Pasts includes many of the region's most distinguished authors such as Albert Wendt, Greg Dening, Epeli Hau'ofa, Marshall Sahlins, Patricia Grace, and Nicholas Thomas. In addition, it features chapters by well-known writers from outside Pacific Studies -- Edward Said, James Clifford, Richard White,and Gyan Prakash -- which help place the region's dynamics in comparative perspective. By moving Pacific history beyond traditional, empirical narratives to new ways for conversing about history, by drawing on current debates surrounding the politics of representation to offer different ways for thinking about the region's pasts, this work has relevance for students and scholars of history, anthropology, and cultural studies both within and beyond the region.

Explore Darling Point Walking Sydney Australia: A Walk seeing the grand estates of Sydney's most adored prestigious homes and harbourside views

A suburb named after Colonial Govenor Darling. Darling Point is an elegant and beautiful inner eastern suburb of Sydney.With tree lined streets, majestic parks, grand estates and spectacular harbourside and city views.In its early days Darling Point attracted leading heads of industry and government, in modern day some of Austrlia's most celebrated entertainers, business and leading heads of state still choose to make this place home.Join us as we give you a self guided tour of a few of its key landmarks, homes and its hidden cafe society.