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Interned

Torrens Island 1914-1915

Peter Monteath, Mandy Paul, Rebecca Martin

In August 1914 war broke out across Europe. Within months hundreds of men - 'enemy aliens' - were interned on Torrens Island, in the Port River estuary near Adelaide. Sailors taken off enemy ships, foreign nationals living in South Australia, and even some naturalised British subjects found themselves behind barbed wire.
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Hunger Town

A novel

Wendy Scarfe

In the violent and despairing years of Australia's Great Depression, Judith Larsen grows up on a coaling hulk in the Port Adelaide River. The Australian political landscape is changing and unemployment, hunger, protests and police reprisals spawn new radical ideas for managing society. ...
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Adelaide Noir

Alex Frayne

Three years ago photographer Alex Frayne set about reshaping the way South Australians see their state. Adelaide Noir was born. ...
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Breaking Beauty

Lynette Washington, Brian Castro

In this collection, 27 brilliant short story writers, including NY Times bestseller Sean Williams and up-and-coming star Katherine Arguile, unpack the idea of beauty and discover that there is no light without darkness. Cracking the core of all things lovely to reveal their innards, these writers ask: What is beauty anyway? The answers may surprise you. ...
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The Case for Palestine

The perspective of an Australian observer

Paul Heywood-Smith

Paul Heywood-Smith's interest in the Arab-Israeli conflict commenced in London in 1973 at the time of the
Yom Kippur War. He was then a young lawyer imbued with the values derived from the fight against apartheid and opposition to the Vietnam War. His thesis is that the conflict is the defining conflict of our time, and has had that status for at least sixty years. It is behind the rise of militant Islam. It was the impetus for 9/11 and 7/7. ...
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Memoirs of Mixed Fortunes

Samuel Joseph Stuckey, a pioneer of the north and south east of South Australia, 1837-1912

Mary Louise Simpson

In 1837, mere months after proclamation, Samuel Joseph Stuckey was born in the state of South Australia. Despite evidence to the contrary, he would claim to be the first native-born South Australian for the rest of his life, and his fortunes would mirror those of the fledgling state. ...
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Every Time You Close Your Eyes

Bel Schenk

The lights go out just before dark.
There is a blackout in the city
and people blame lightning.
There are many different ways to tell this story.

This is one of them.
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Boomerang

Behind an Australian icon

Philip Jones

From Aboriginal history to kitschy souvenirs to the shelves of your local sports store, boomerangs have a fascinating place in history and popular culture. Author Philip Jones draws on the world's largest boomerang collection ...
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Mothers in ARMS

Forced adoption - mothers find a voice

Meg Hale

Mothers in ARMS tells the inside story of the women who formed the Australian Relinquishing Mothers Society in South Australia. These mothers were determined to fight for their right to find the children taken from them through forced adoption by doctors, nurses, social workers and religious figures - often with the support of government agencies. They were told they had willingly abandoned their children and had no rights. But they would not be stopped. From an uncertain start in 1982, they gained strength and confidence. ...
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Pasts Present

History at Australia's third university

Wilfrid Prest

This 'history of History' provides a series of perspectives on a major academic discipline at the University of Adelaide, from colonial times to the present. Essays by current and former academics and students explore the distinctive character of Adelaide's History Department. They highlight changing fashions and fortunes in modes of research, teaching and governance, and the numerous ways in which the university's historians interacted with civic, state, national and international communities. ...
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