Shortlist year: 
2019
Shortlist category: 
Australian history
Published by: 
The Miegunyah Press an imprint of Melbourne University Publishing

About the book

How Australians won their freedom, the land of dreams 1788–1860 by David Kemp

The Land of Dreams tells the story of how Australians became a free people, gaining the liberties they desired to take control of their own lives, the right to govern themselves and the capacity to address their own political problems through democratic institutions. It reveals how Australians laid the foundations for one of the world's most successful countries, with unprecedented levels of personal liberty and social equality. It required a brilliant political campaign and from it Australia gained a national identity and political leaders who would write their constitutions, introduce democracy and later lead the fight for one Australian nation.