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Don Dunstan, Intimacy and Liberty

A political biography

Dino Hodge

This book records the change in public discourse over issues of homosexuality - from morality to state security and then civil liberties. Don Dunstan worked as a member of parliament for more than twenty-five years, and then throughout the remainder of his life, to realise his vision of full equality for same-sex attracted citizens. He focused on both legislative and cultural reforms, and introduced changes to the Police Force that were unprecedented and strongly resisted. ...
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Bodies of Thought

Twelve Australian choreographers

Erin Brannigan, Virginia Baxter

Bodies of Thought: 12 Australian Choreographers features a generation of award-winning, innovative Australian choreographers with international reputations and legacies of influence.

Focusing on a work by each artist - with an interview and an essay by a leading dance scholar - this groundbreaking book offers invaluable insights into the creation of remarkable works, at a time when Australian dance is enjoying international acclaim. ...
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Chequered Lives

John Barton Hack and Stephen Hack and the early days of South Australia

Iola Mathews, Chris Durrant

Chequered Lives is the fascinating story of a Quaker family from England who camped on the beach in 1837 before the city of Adelaide was created, but rose to owning a 3000-acre estate in the Adelaide Hills. Barton Hack built his first house where the Adelaide Railway station now stands, became a merchant who owned ships, a whaling station and the first vineyard in the Province, and was chairman of the first Chamber of Commerce in Australia. His younger brother Stephen became a grazier and explorer. ...
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Born to Swim

The Diaries of Sally Foster and Evelyn de Lacy, Olympic Swimmers

Evelyn de Lacy, Sally Foster

In May 1936, the Australian Olympic team set sail for Berlin with a live kangaroo for a mascot. On board was Western Australian swimmer Evelyn de Lacy who recorded her experiences in a diary. Seventy-six years later her grandniece, Sally Foster, qualified for the London Olympics. Inspired by Evelyn's words she decided to write her own diary.

Born to Swim tells the story of two young Australians, of the times they lived in and the challenges faced as they lived their Olympic dream. ...
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Our Fathers

Twenty-six everyday heroes

Judy Macpherson Kent, Andrew Collett

What do our fathers mean to us, and to the world out there?
Former students at a primary school's fiftieth reunion asked themselves these questions. The result is this book.
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Nature's Line

George Goyder, surveyor, environmentalist, visionary

Janis Sheldrick

George Goyder was the first European explorer to see great salt lakes in the inland in flood and to witness the amazing transformation that follows the breaking of drought. When he attempted to adapt the pattern of settlement to climatic reality by defining the border of the zone of reliable rainfall, his repeated warnings about the threat of drought were scorned. ...
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The Diggers' Doctor

The fortunate life of Col. Donald Beard, AM, RFD, ED (Retd)

Ashley Mallett

A man of substance in war and in peace, Dr Donald Beard, AM, is a leader, and known for his compassion, humility and charm. The Diggers' Doctor tells of his extraordinary life as a surgeon, as well as his love of cricket and deep friendship with cricketers, including Sir Donald Bradman. It was in the Beard's backyard that The Don faced Jeff Thomson and hit his last cricket ball. ...

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Wystan's Relic

Shaun Berg

This book considers with lyrical tenderness the dilemma of existence. It raises questions about our fragile bodies and their presence in the world through our lives lived. It asks what exists beyond the decay of the body and mind. Is there nothing or is there everything? Is this really the right question? ...
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Clay Gully

Stories from an apple orchard

Sally van Gent

Sally van Gent wonders how to utilise the beautiful land of Clay Gully. Goats? A vineyard? Remembering the sweet fruit she ate as a child she decides to establish a heritage apple orchard. ...

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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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