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An Unsentimental Bloke

The life and work of C.J. Dennis

Philip Butterss

The Sentimental Bloke and Doreen are famous characters in Australian popular culture, but their creator deserves to be better known. C.J. Dennis transformed the larrikin from a street thug into a respectable image of Australian identity, and helped shape the Anzac legend. ...
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Ngintaka

Diana James, Elizabeth Tregenza

Inma as told to Diana James by Ivy Nganyinytja and Andy Tjilari with commentary by Tjilpi Robin Kankapankatja, Teddy Edwards, David Miller, Robert Stevens and Tjilpi Tjulyata. Essays by Diana James, Howard Morphy, Judith Ryan, June Ross, Mike Smith and Janet DeBoos.

The epic songline of Wati Ngintaka, the giant perentie lizard man, is a map for survival that is relevant today. He first sang his song as he travelled the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands, creating waterholes and food sources that Anangu rely on today. Those who follow the song know where to find water and food across a vast area of the South Australian desert. ...
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Siblings (revised edition)

Brothers and sisters of children with disability

Kate Strohm

Siblings tells what it is like to grow up with a brother or sister with a disability or illness. The siblings of children with a disability are often the overlooked ones in families struggling to cope.

Kate Strohm, a sibling herself, bravely shares the story of her journey from isolation and confusion to greater understanding and acceptance. She provides a forum for other siblings to describe their challenges and provides them with strategies to make sense of their experiences. ...
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Alternative Interventions

Aboriginal homelands, Outback Australia and the Centre for Appropriate Technology

Alan Mayne

Not all interventions in Aboriginal Australia are inspired by external agents, politics or ideology. Some arise from simple, pragmatic responses to community needs where people and their aspirations are central.

Historian Alan Mayne unravels a story of people, place and relationships. At once both personal and intensely political, this is a journey of ideas into action; intervention through innovation.
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Behind the Doors

An art history from Yuendumu

Philip Jones

The Yuendumu Doors are among the freshest, most remarkable documents of Aboriginal art. Painted thirty years ago at a remote desert school by artists steeped in ritual knowledge, the Doors survived against the odds. ...
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Shackleton's Boat Journey

F.A. Worsley

This is the classic account of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated Antarctic expedition of 1914-16, told by Frank Worsley, captain of the expedition ship Endurance.

First trapped then crushed by ice, the Endurance drifted in an ice floe for five months before reaching the barren and inhospitable Elephant Island. Certain that no rescue party would ever find them, Shackleton, Worsley and four others set off in a small boat for South Georgia, the nearest inhabited island, leaving behind 22 men whose survival depended on the success of this desperate gamble. ...
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Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze

Selected poems 1983-2011

Geoff Goodfellow

Geoff Goodfellow has performed his poetry to prisoners and primary-school children, in tiny pubs and at international literary festivals. Opening the Windows to Catch the Sea Breeze showcases Geoff's personal favourites, poems that audiences have requested time and again.
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Tadpoles in the Torrens

Poems for young readers

Jude Aquilina

Tadpoles in the Torrens is alive with people, places and creatures from our everyday lives and from the quirky imaginations of poets. There are talking dogs, migrating spiders, old horses, twisted fairy tales, riddles, bike races and adventures in the country and city.

Here are poems by some of South Australia's best children's writers. Take a dip in - let your eyes swim like tadpoles over the pages. You might just catch yourself writing your own poem!

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God's Donkey

Sister Mary Theodore and the story of Mithra

Peter Gale

The medals and honours awarded to Sister Mary Theodore during the later years of her long life testify to the importance of her work with the poorest and most desperate children of Madras - or Chennai, as this colonial garden city is these days known. But they don't tell you who this woman was, and why she is so remembered and loved. What she gave up, and at what cost. What drove her. How wonderful, then, to have this collection of personal accounts ...
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Not the Same Sky

A novel

Evelyn Conlon

By 1848 famine has ravaged Ireland, and London remains undecided about what to do. A shortage of female labour in Australia offers a kind of solution and so, over the following two years, more than 4000 Irish girls are shipped across vast oceans to an unimaginable world in the new colony. On Sunday 28 October 1849, one of these ships, the Thomas Arbuthnot, sets sail from Plymouth with a cargo of girls under the care of Surgeon-superintendent Charles Strutt. ...

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