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Catherine Truman

Touching distance

Melinda Rackham, Catherine Truman

Catherine Truman's practice has a palpable anatomy. Silken threads, connecting gestures, forms and techniques, reach across time and location, between suites of more traditionally crafted work and those that infiltrate and augment the scientific realm. The intertwining interdependent systems in her work articulate the relationships between the felt and experienced; the seen and unseen; between medium and production. ...
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101 Nights

Ray Ollis, Robert Brokenmouth

The bombing campaign to destroy Hitler's Nazi Germany was waged by Allied flyers from not only England and the US, but also with many Australian men like Ray Ollis. Flying as a navigator, Ray was assigned to 101 Squadron operating the famed Lancaster bomber, fitted with the latest electronic warfare measures.

Ray Ollis's lightly fictionalised record of his own experiences flying over the heart of Germany at night provides a gripping account of this critical phase of history.

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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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One and All

Labor and the radical tradition in South Australia

Philip Payton

In this vivid account of the radical tradition in the Labor movement in South Australia, Philip Payton shows how the many thousands of people who emigrated from Cornwall to the newly-established colony in the nineteenth century brought their way of life with them. Overwhelmingly Methodist in religion, and united by their motto 'One and All', these Cornish migrants settled in the copper-mining districts of Burra, Kapunda and northern Yorke Peninsula. Here they laid the foundations for early trade unionism and an emergent Labor Party, culminating in 1910 in the Premiership of John Verran (a Cornish miner) who formed the very first social democratic Labor government anywhere in the world. Contributing to the unique character of Labor in South Australia, the Cornish helped craft the State's distinctive radical tradition, an enduring impact which Don Dunstan readily acknowledged in the 1970s and 1980s, and whose legacy is still apparent in the early twenty-first century. ...

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Coast to Coast

A family walk across India

Nick Petrucco

Ten family members covering three generations (including five children under the age of thirteen) left their comfortable lives in Australia to walk across India, from west to east, a journey of over 800 kilometres. Walking the roads and paths of rural and urban southern India, they immersed themselves in the sights, smells and sounds of this rich and colourful country. Supported by ChildFund Australia, they aimed to raise money and awareness of the plight of children and their families in some of the poorest regions of the world. Coast to Coast tells how they achieved this and so much more – and inspired others to seek their own extraordinary family adventure. ...

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Australia

A German traveller in the age of gold

Friedrich Gerstacker, Peter Monteath

Friedrich Gerstäcker, the most illustrious and prolific of German travel writers, set foot in Australia in March 1851, having walked across the Andes, traipsed the goldfields of California, and sailed over the Pacific in search of new adventures.

Gerstäcker found adventures aplenty in Australia. He rowed and trekked down the Murray, absorbed the excitement triggered by the discovery of gold, visited his countrymen in South Australia, and trained his outsider's eyes on a colonial society gripped by profound change. ...

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The Hounded

Simon Butters

On his fifteenth birthday, Monty is at rock bottom. Ignored by his parents, bullied at school, and with a brain that's prone to going walkabout, he's all by himself. Until he meets the black dog for the first time.

It's just like any other dog, except that only Monty can see it. And it talks. And Monty's not sure whether it's a friend - or a foe. But the black dog gets him talking to pretty, popular Eliza Robertson for the first time. It takes him to places he's never been. And eventually it will take him, and the people around him, to the very edge. ...

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Tadpoles in the Torrens: Teachers' Edition

Poems for young readers: Teachers edition

Jude Aquilina

Poems are happening all around us - when you're breezing along on your bike seeing people, houses, dogs and traffic as they flash by; when there's a possum on the wall at school and everyone's gathered around; or when the seagulls rise and fall with each ball bowled at the oval.

Tadpoles in the Torrens is alive with people, places and creatures from our everyday lives and from the quirky imaginations of poets.

'This Teachers' Edition of Tadpoles in the Torrens includes 40 exciting vignettes of engaging practice tried and tested by a raft of ALEA members as well as an academic position paper on the place of poetry in contemporary Australian primary school classrooms. ...

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The Australia of the French Explorers

Frederic Mouchet, Noelene Bloomfield

Six major French expeditions to the Australian coast took place over the course of the 18th and 19th centuries. Through contemporary photographs, expedition drawings and historical commentary, this book plunges us into the impressive and bewildering universe of an Australia still intact, loyal to the environment these seafaring explorers came upon over 200 years ago.
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Dogs in Australian Art - expanded edition

Steven Miller

Dogs in Australian Art looks at Australian art through the lens of dog painting, showcasing over 150 masterworks that illustrate the deep bond between Australians and their best friends. Steven Miller's whimsical text argues that all the major shifts which occurred in Australia art, and which have traditionally been attributed to the environment or historical factors, really occurred because of dogs. ...

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