This book tells the shocking, true, but until now largely suppressed and hidden story of the war waged from 1939 to 1945 by a number of key Australian trade unions against their own society and against the men and women of their own country’s fighting forces at the time of its gravest peril....
The Great War is, for many Australians, the event that defined our nation. The larrikin diggers, trench warfare, and the landing at Gallipoli have become the stuff of the Anzac 'legend'. But it was also a war fought by the families at home. Their resilience in the face of hardship, their stoic acceptance of enormous casualty lists and their belief that their cause was just made the war effort possible....
As a captain in the Georgian navy Arthur Phillip’s integrity, intelligence and persistence made him perfectly suited to the role that history and circumstance presented to him in 1788, but landing the First Fleet at Botany Bay was only one of many achievements in a captivating life. His is a story of political intrigue, eighteenth-century sailing ships, and the race for economic and geographic advancement in a world that was becoming truly international. It is a tale of ambition, of wealthy widows and marriage mistakes; of money and trade, espionage and mercenaries, hardship and illness.
Ten years in the research and writing, irrepressibly bold, entertaining and often irreverent in style, Clare Wright’s The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka is a fitting tribute to the unbiddable women of Ballarat—women who made Eureka a story for us all.
Nation is the third and final volume in the landmark history of Australia. Told from the point of view of settlers from Europe, it covers nation-making, Federation and the tragedy of World War I.
The culmination of a career in the writing and teaching of Australian history, The Europeans in Australia series, is ambitious and unique, and is the first such large, single-author account since Manning Clark's 'A History of Australia'.
Descent into Hell is the definitive story of the Australian campaign in Southeast Asia during World War II.
This account unpicks the myths and legends of the Malayan Campaign, the fall of Singapore and the subsequent horrors of the Thai-Burma Railway, going to the heart of Australian experience.
For the first time, ASIO has opened its archives. With unrestricted access to the records, David Horner tells the real story of Australia's domestic intelligence organisation, from shaky beginnings to the expulsion of Ivan Skripov in 1963.
This authoritative and ground-breaking account overturns many myths about ASIO, offering new insights into broader Australian politics and society in the fraught years of the Cold War.
CEW Bean's wartime reports and photographs mythologised the Australian soldier and helped spawn the notion that the Anzacs achieved something nation-defining on the shores of Gallipoli and the battlefields of western Europe.
In his quest to get the truth, Bean often faced death beside the Diggers in the trenches of Gallipoli and the Western Front—and saw more combat than many. But did Bean tell Australia the whole story of what he knew?
In this fresh new biography Coulthart explores the man behind the legend.