e-Book Western Airways: Flying in Western Australia 1919-1941

WESTERN AIRWAYS Tells the story of how aviation was introduced to Western Australia in the years following the First World War.  From its pioneering beginnings when Norman Brearley returned to Western Australia in 1919 with two small aeroplanes to regular flights to the rest of the world in 1940,  Western Airways traces the development of this new industry and explains how aviation reduced the sense of isolation experienced by Western Australians.  In a State as large as Western Australia the relationship between the fledgling industry and government was a vital ingredient in the successful introduction of this new technology which helped to create modern Western Australia.

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“My Country all gone, the white men have stolen it” The Invasion of Wadawurrung Country 1800-1870 (ebook)

Using the invader’s own words taken from diaries, official records and letters, Fred Cahir, an Associate Professor in Aboriginal history presents a challenging history of the colonial invader’s interactions and relations with the First Nation’s people in the Ballarat and Geelong region – the Wadawurrung. This provocative book is the first detailed account of the invasion of Wadawurrung Country from 1800 to 1870 by the ngamadjidj – the white strangers from the sea.

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eureka reminiscences:eyewitness accounts (e-book)

This eBook presents some of the vivid stories and tales of survivors of the Eureka Riot. Often they contradict the evidence that has been presented for years. Here Dorothy Wickham and Clare Gervasoni have sought out and presented tales as told by participants of the Eureka Affair. During the Eureka Jubilee Celebrations of 1904, the pioneers and survivors of the third of December, 1854, were asked to write to the newspapers revealing their own accounts of that day. These, and other accounts, have been collected from many different sources. They have been collated in this edition and make fascinating reading. The language is relevant to the times. The personality of the writers often percolates through the newspaper reports and not only do we have an insight into the evidence submitted, but also to the type of person that was engaged in the affair.For many years after the Eureka affair there was much debate about the commemoration of the event. Some thought that the monument should not be erected. Fifty years after, the Jubilee celebrations were held. These were attended by many of the survivors of the battle. Celebrations were not only held at Ballarat but also other places, including Perth and Broken Hill.Today controversy still rages about the facts concerning Eureka. One thing is certain; that the significance of the event is not disputed. These eye-witness accounts tell their own story. There is much other evidence to support or repudiate the claims.

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War, Connections, Moments: Trees of Life (e-Book)

Australia’s premier memorials to the First World War were its memorial avenues of trees  where Lucas poignantly wrote, “each memorial tree represents a life”.  Ballarat, having coined the term “avenue of honour”, went on to popularise these avenues as a form of memorial throughout the nation. This book concentrates on what was originally a form of memorialisation to those who served in the Great War, a form that was then unique to Australia.

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Most parents cringe when an outbreak of nits is announced at the school their children attend! No matter how clean or careful they are, kids can catch nits. Bubble Fun with Eddy is about a boy who gets nits in his hair BUT instead of washing his hair in the shampoo – he swallows it! This causes some confusion in the household!

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Bendigo Goldfields Petition (eBook)


“Drawn up in 1853, the Petition was signed by 1000s of diggers on the Victorian goldfields. The formulation of the Bendigo Goldfields Petition was amongst the earliest organised expressions of dissatisfaction with the conditions of the Victorian goldfields and could be placed in a context reflective of Chartist political culture, American republican rhetoric and Continental revolutions of 1830 and 1848.”

“The stories of organisers George Thomson, Dr David Griffith Jones and Irish-born American, ‘Captain’ Edward Brown, who presented the Petition to Lieutenant Governor LaTrobe and whose demands were totally rejected, are not as well known in Australian national mythology as that of the notorious bushranger Ned Kelly”

“The agitations on the Victorian goldfields from the very first discoveries in 1851 are almost forgotten in our national pyche but they are of great importance to the emergence of qualities that Australians pride themselves on; those qualities of free thinking, equality and mateship. ‘Australian Democracy’ began early on the goldfields of Victoria, acknowledged by the resistance shown by men (and women), especially those at the Eureka Lead on 3 December 1854.”

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From Humble Beginnings: St Alipius: Ballarat’s First Church (eBook)


The story of the early history of St Alipius Roman Catholic Church in ePub format. It began from humble beginnings, a tent church that served also as a school on the Ballarat East Diggings. This book explores the first services, the school, the formative years and its involvement with the Eureka Affair. Six appendices include the First six marriages performed, A list of school children March 1854, A list of school children May 1854, John Manning’s letter, Children attending in August 1863, and A list of early priests. Enhanced with images and referenced.

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Pioneers in Two Colonies: The Armytage Family in Australia 1816-1876

Today’s Australian States of Tasmania and Victoria, originally parts of the British Colony of New South Wales, were then known respectively as Van Diemen’s Land and the Port Phillip District. George Armytage, a free settler with ancestral roots in the north of England, founded a family dynasty in the first of these frontier lands, then expanded it in the second, and later beyond. Author Dennis Green traces the momentous social changes through which the family lived and made its fortune. These include the periods of convict transportation, the pastoralist squatters, frontier conflict with Aborigines, bush-ranging, colony separation, the gold rush, and the chaos of belated measures by government to regulate land sales. Many settlers gave up, but the Armytage spirit and achievement thrived.

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Pay Dirt! Ballarat and Other Gold Towns

Pay Dirt! Definition: something very valuable or very useful that is found after searching or effort.

This publication comprises an eclectic mixture of styles and topics by authors, all leading experts in their respective historical fields. The foreword by Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Blainey presents to the reader a tantalising glimpse of the following 19 chapters written by 17 contributing authors with full colour; index; 240 pages; ‘evocative illustrations’; and ‘unexpected topics’.

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My Country All Gone: The White Men have Stolen It

A history book about the invasion of Wadawurrung Country 1800-1870. Author Associate Professor Fred Cahir, from Federation University, using the invader’s own words taken from diaries, official records and letters, presents a challenging history between the interactions and relations with the First Nation’s people in the Geelong and Ballarat region – the Wadawurrung with colonial invader’s. My Country All Gone is a culmination of 30 years archival research that chronicles the three waves of invasion in the region from 1800 to1870 by the ngamadjidj – the white strangers from the sea.

Publisher: Australian History Matters. A4 format, 347pages. Paperback, 40 colour illustrations.

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