Girt

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: Black Inc.
ISBN: 1863956115
Format: PDF
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Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia ... In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of "felony of sock," and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup. Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us. Not to read it would be un-Australian "A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history." - John Birmingham "Hilarious and insightful -- Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history." - Chris Taylor, The Chaser

Girt

Author: David Hunt
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781525222740
Format: PDF
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Winner of the 2014 Indie Award for Non - Fiction. Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia... In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia's past from megafauna to Macquarie ... the cock - ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Mark Twain wrote of Australian history: 'It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies ... but they are all true, they all happened.' In Girt, Hunt uncovers these beautiful lies, recounting the strange and ridiculous episodes that conventional histories ignore. The result is surprising, enlightening - and side - splittingly funny. Girt explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup, the Dutch obsession with nailing perfectly good kitchenware to posts, and the settlers' fear of Pemulwuy and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamingcoat. It introduces us to forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the typically Irish crime of 'felony of sock'; Patyegarang, the young Eora girl who co - authored the world's most surprising dictionary; and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. Our nation's beginnings were steeped in the unlikely, the incongruous and the frankly bizarre. Girt restores these stories to their rightful place. Not to read it would be un - Australian.

Girt

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: Black Incorporated
ISBN: 9781863957823
Format: PDF
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'If there's a better book on Australian history, it won't be as funny.' - Graeme Simsion, author of The Rosie Project 'Hilarious and insightful - Hunt has found the deep wells of humour in Australia's history.' - Chris Taylor, The Chaser 'A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.' - John Birmingham 'There is barely a page in Girt that won't inspire a chortle. It's our early history told by a writer with a wit sharp enough to slice tomatoes.' - The Herald Sun 'Girt . . . cuts an irreverent swathe through the facts, fools, fantasies and frauds that made this country what it is today, hoisting sacred cows on their own petards and otherwise sawing the legs off Lady Macquarie's chair. I was transported.' - Shane Maloney, The Age 'Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia . . . ' In this hilarious, best-selling history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of 'felony of sock', and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup. Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girtproudly reclaims these stories for all of us. Not to read it would be un-Australian.

Aboriginal Australians

Author: Richard Broome
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 1741765544
Format: PDF, ePub
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A powerful history of black and white encounters in Australia since colonization, this fully updated edition remains the only concise survey of Aboriginal history since 1788 In the creation of any new society, there are winners and losers. So it was with Australia as it grew from a colonial outpost to an affluent society. Richard Broome tells the history of Australia from the standpoint of the original Australians: those who lost most in the early colonial struggle for power. Surveying two centuries of Aboriginal-European encounters, he shows how white settlers steadily supplanted the original inhabitants, from the shining coasts to inland deserts, by sheer force of numbers, disease, technology, and violence. He also tells the story of Aboriginal survival through resistance and accommodation, and traces the continuing Aboriginal struggle to move from the margins of a settler society to a more central place in modern. Since its first edition in 1982, Broome'sAboriginal Australianshas won acclaim as a classic account of race relations in Australia. This fully rewritten fourth edition continues the story, covering the uneven implementation of native title, the plight of remote Aboriginal communities, the "Intervention," and the landmark apology to the "stolen generations" by Federal Parliament.

The Fatal Shore

Author: Robert Hughes
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: 0307815609
Format: PDF, ePub
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In this bestselling account of the colonization of Australia, Robert Hughes explores how the convict transportation system created the country we know today. Digging deep into the dark history of England's infamous efforts to move 160,000 men and women thousands of miles to the other side of the world in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Hughes has crafted a groundbreaking, definitive account of the settling of Australia. Tracing the European presence in Australia from early explorations through the rise and fall of the penal colonies, and featuring 16 pages of illustrations and 3 maps, The Fatal Shore brings to life the incredible true history of a country we thought we knew.

The Nose Pixies

Author: David Hunt
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
ISBN: 146070598X
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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The hilarious debut picture book from the award-winning and bestselling author of GIRT. This is a book with a grossness that kids will love, and with a message that parents will adore. The wickedly funny, deliciously clever picture book debut from David Hunt (GIRT) with illustrations by award-winning artist Lucia Masciullo (THE BOY AND THE TOY). Oliver has a bad habit. A very bad habit. He just can't keep his fingers out of his nose, which is a big problem for the tiny pixies who mine his 'nose gold' to keep their cities running. The Nose Pixies return to their kingdom with empty handkerchiefs night after night. And unless their luck changes, they'll be out of a job ... or worse! Ages 4-8 PRAISE 'Kids will love all the disgusting things in this truly imaginative book' Four-star review, Books+Publishing

Girt by Dirt

Author: Phillip Butters
Publisher:
ISBN: 9781520265377
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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Girt by Dirt: An Australian Adventure will take you on a light-hearted and informative 35,000-kilometre journey around Australia. It follows the travels of two mates from Sydney, Australia, Phil and Glen, who spent five months on a trip of a lifetime in a four-wheel-drive. The trip started in Sydney and followed a clockwise route around the country. While a lot of thought went into the general route, most of our planning was on the fly, depending on advice from fellow travelers, last minute research, local knowledge or just how we felt at the time. We didn't go too far off the beaten track, and mixed up accommodation with camping, on-site vans and budget accommodation. Coverage of the country is comprehensive, with a humorous balance of personal experiences, geographical and sociological interpretation, and historical insights. It will appeal to the armchair traveler, the travel professional or anyone considering or planning a trip to regional Australia.I hope this inspires you to see more of this amazing and diverse country, or at least teaches you a little about it, with a few laughs on the way.

The United States of Australia

Author: Cameron Jamieson
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781508443766
Format: PDF, ePub, Docs
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The United States of Australia is a hilarious and educational introduction to Australia and its quirky inhabitants. Written for Americans, but equally amusing to anyone visiting the shores of the Great Southern Land, this book examines the relationship between Australia and the U.S., including how Australians view their American cousins. Topics include Blokes and Sheilas, Bloody Foster's, Dangerous Creatures, Talking to Dogs, The GAFA, Speaking Strail-yun and Working for the Queen. Confused? You won't be after reading this book!

Error Australis

Author: Ben Pobjie
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1925344789
Format: PDF, Kindle
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We’re obsessed with reality television these days yet we so often neglect the greatest reality of all: the reality of our nation, and how it came to be. In Error Australis, TV columnist, comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie recaps the history of Australia from its humble beginnings as a small patch of rapidly cooling rock, to its modern-day status as one of the major powers of the sub-Asian super-Antarctic next-to-Africa region. Pobjie recognises that history can be as gripping as any reality show – as thrilling as it is to see Delta Goodrem’s chair turn around, there is an argument that the Second World War was even more exciting – and like any good recapper, he provides an immediate, visceral sense of what it was like to be there in the moment at our nation’s defining events. All historians know that it is only by looking at where we have been that we can understand who we are, what we stand for, and why nothing seems to work. Error Australis is a scholastic and side-splittingly funny account of a young nation that has spent many years seeking its place in the world, and almost as many years not liking what it has found.