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Port Lincoln's Bartolomeo (Bob) Puglisi

Celebrating 50 Years of Prawn Fishing in South Australia

Bartolomeo Puglisi, Musharella Puglisi, Rhondda Harris

Here is a truly Australian celebration of establishing a new prawn industry in South Australia.

It is a story of hardship and survival, of a man who strove to get ahead, to look after his families and to succeed.
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Anzac Biscuits

The power and spirit of an everyday national icon

Allison Reynolds

Anzac biscuits, baked in Australia and New Zealand for over a century, have a powerful connection to the national identity and culture of both countries. But what is the story of this national icon? Were they eaten by troops during the First World War? When did coconut make an appearance? And where do you stand on the crispy versus chewy debate? ...
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Barossa Journeys

Into a valley of tradition

Noris Ioannou

Barossa Journeys: Into a valley of tradition creates a sensory experience where the flavours of wine and food intermingle with the celebrations of festivals and music. Favourite places and enchanting, out-of-the-way sites are revealed.

Explore places as evocative as the long-lost village of Hoffnungsthal, and the strange cave home of the eccentric explorer Menge. Wander through historic cemeteries and puzzle over inscriptions written in Gothic text; view traditional Fachwerk cottages and Lutheran churches.
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Wild Asparagus, Wild Strawberries

Two years in France

Barbara Santich

France bewitched Barbara Santich as a student in the early 1970s. She vowed to return, and soon enough she did - with husband and infant twins in tow.

Wild Asparagus, Wild Strawberries tells the story of the magical two years that followed. Buoyed by naive enthusiasm, Barbara and her husband launched themselves into French village life, a world of winemaking, rabbit raising, cherry picking and exuberant 14 Juillet celebrations.
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Looking for Flavour

Barbara Santich, Gay Bilson

In this book renowned food writer Barbara Santich develops a credo for enjoying eating in modern Australia. With topics like 'flavour first, rainforests second', her book is sure to provoke passionate debate.

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Miss Marryat's Circle

A not so distant past

Cheryl Williss

In 1915, the second year of the Great War, Mabel Marryat - granddaughter of South Australia's first colonial chaplain Charles Howard - joined the newly formed League of Loyal Women. Mabel was active in the League's emergency corps, 'women who are prepared to give their service in any need that may arise'. It wasn't long before Mabel was appointed Honorary Supervisor of the Red Cross Depot at the Keswick Military Hospital: No. 7 AGH. After the war, the hospital was renamed RGH Keswick. Here Mabel stayed for 30 years.

This book gives voice to the women of South Australia's first 110 years of European settlement and opportunity to reflect on the changing position of women in society. But the spotlight shines on Mabel. Her long and devoted community service - particularly to her 'Diggers' - was extraordinary.
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Big Rough Stones

Margaret Merrilees

They surged across King William Street, around and up onto the bronze Boer War horseman at the corner of North Terrace. Ro linked arms with the woman next to her. 'Take the toys from the boys', they sang. The hero almost disappeared under a festoon of women, but clung valiantly to his rifle, bronze upper lip stiff. It was his horse who looked most horrified.

Meet Ro at thirty-something. She is committed to cures for every ill from monogamy to orange armpit fungus. Her ambitions are passionate, her energy boundless, her intentions generally good ...

Thirty years later, are the edges any smoother? ...

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Peat Island

Dreaming and desecration

Adrian Mitchell

For just over 100 years an institution for the mentally ill has stood on little Peat Island, in the lower Hawkesbury.

It was decommissioned in 2010; quite empty now, it remains a locked facility just as it had always been. And eerie.

The last residents were dispersed into the wider community. In this, they echoed the fate of the Darkinjung people, original custodians of this country - their community was scattered just as intentionally, and effectively, if not quite so brutally. It is not one of the New South Wales government's finest accomplishments. ...

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An Introduction to Pontormo

A great but neglected painter and draftsman of the first part of the 16th century

Jonah Jones

The author's aim is to re-evaluate and recognise the contribution of Jacopo Pontormo within the history of art and, more specifically, the Italian Renaissance. While the first sections of this book provide the context of his life and career as the pre-eminent painter in mid-sixteenth-century Florence, later chapters trace Pontormo's stylistic development from High Renaissance classicism through to his anti-classical explorations. An introduction to Pontormo also provides a series of brief biographies of Pontormo's 20 key paintings which support this development. ...
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The Last Protector

The illegal removal of Aboriginal children from their parents in South Australia

Cameron Raynes

The Last Protector presents a compelling argument that the South Australian government illegally took Aboriginal children from their parents during the years between 1939 and 1954. ...
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Valour and Violets Limited Edition

South Australia in the Great War

Robert Kearney, Sharon Cleary

Close to 35,000 South Australians enlisted for service overseas during the Great War. Around 5500 never came back. Countless more returned with physical and psychological injuries that would affect them for the rest of their lives.

Valour and Violets brings together for the first time the stories of the campaigns and battles in which South Australians served, set against the backdrop of the South Australian home front. Here are the stories of Frederick Prentice, the first of three Indigenous South Australians to be awarded the Military Medal; Thomas Baker, the gunner who became an ace pilot; and Sister Margaret Graham, awarded the Royal Red Cross for her contribution to army nursing. Here too are lesser known stories, such as that of Alexandrina Seager, who formed the Cheer-Up Society back home and worked every single day during the war, despite losing her youngest son at Gallipoli. Or Clara Weaver of Rosewater, who not only lost five sons to the war but also her husband, George, who died at home before the war ended. ...
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Kieran Modra

The way I see it

Kieran Modra, Andy Thurlow

What becomes of a country lad who loves daredevil adventure, only to discover that he is slowly losing his sight?

What courage does it take for him to pursue his dream of becoming an elite athlete representing his country?

Kieran Modra's inspiring story tells us about a shy country boy in a city boarding school, an adolescent struggling with his identity as he comes to terms with a disability, and the Australian athlete standing atop a dais as he accepts his gold medal. ...
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