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Adelaide Central Market

Stories, people and recipes

Fiona Roberts, Katie Spain

Adelaide Central Market: Stories, people and recipes tells the tale of Adelaide's greatest treasure.

These pages capture the memories of traders of yesteryear and the familiar faces who make the Adelaide Central Market such a lively place today. Here you'll find delicious seasonal-driven recipes from stallholders' families, producers and chefs around the state. ...

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Destiny

How Port Adelaide put itself on the national stage

Norman Ashton

Port Adelaide's bold initial bid to join the national competition in 1991 had been thwarted by the SANFL, which put up a composite state team - what would become the Adelaide Crows - instead ... But Port's gutsy move was what finally propelled South Australia into the national football arena.

This fascinating book tracks Port's tumultuous, often controversial journey to the AFL: from 1981, when Victoria's VFL began to evolve into a national competition, to 1994, when Port Adelaide finally won its licence, beating out the teams who'd become bitter rivals along the way. ...
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South Australia: State of Transformation

John Spoehr

In this insightful collection of essays, some of South Australia's leading policy thinkers consider our future in the context of jobs, our economy and its drivers, industrial relations, law and order, the environment, education, health (including ageing and aged care) and more. ...
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Leane Times

One family's transformation from Cornish farmers to Australian fighters

Wendy Frew

Historian Charles Bean described the Leanes as 'the most famous family of soldiers in Australian history', and they were used as a poster family for recruitment in the First World War.

But these Aussie diggers were separated by only one generation from humble Cornish farmers, who sought godliness not glory when they sailed to Australia in 1852.

When Wendy Frew opened the genealogy cupboard to learn more about her martial ancestors, out fell a bunch of fiery evangelists and women's suffragists who embraced all the opportunities on offer in the new colony of South Australia.
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Middle Kingdom

A colonial history of the highlands of Papua New Guinea

James Sinclair

Middle Kingdom chronicles the European 'discovery', exploration, 'pacification' and development of the Papua New Guinea Highlands to 1975, during the decades when PNG was an Australian colony. Jim Sinclair's book goes far beyond sagas of exploration to document the region's development through administration, industry and a growing infrastructure. ...
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Pens and Bayonets

Letters from the Front by soldiers of Yorke Peninsula during the Great War

Don Longo

Pens and Bayonets gives voice to the young Australia soldiers who volunteered to fight for our freedom in the Great War. They answered the call willingly, with many thinking it may be all over before they got there. How wrong they were. South Australia, and Yorke Peninsula in particular, were proud to provide soldiers for their country.

The letters were written during quiet periods and give us an insight and sometimes graphic account of the day-to-day encounters during the Gallipoli campaign and various offensives on the Western Front and Palestine. ...
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Ochre and Rust

Artefacts and encounters on Australian frontiers

Philip Jones

Ochre and Rust takes nine Aboriginal and colonial artefacts from their museum shelves, and positions them at the centre of these gripping, poignant tales set in the heart of Australia's frontier zone. ...
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One Common Enemy

The Laconia incident: A survivor's memoir

Jim McLoughlin, David Gibb

In One Common Enemy, he recounts how the chaos and carnage of war at sea in the Norwegian and Mediterranean campaigns led him to a fateful rendezvous with a much-loved ship from his boyhood, the passenger liner Laconia. Nostalgia turned to disaster when Laconia was torpedoed by a German U-boat in the South Atlantic. ...

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Grasses of South Australia

An illustrated guide to the native and naturalised species

John Jessop, Gilbert R.M. Dashorst, Fiona M. James

In this book, for the first time, all of the State's grasses have been carefully drawn, including more than 450 line drawings and 20 paintings illustrating typical members of each tribe. ...
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Foundational Fictions in South Australian History

Carolyn Collins, Paul Sendziuk

In this lively, provocative collection, some of Australia's leading historians - and a Miles Franklin shortlisted historical novelist - challenge established myths, narratives and 'beautiful lies' about South Australia's past. Some are unmasked as false stories that mask brutal realities, like colonial violence - while others are revealed as simplistic versions of more complex truths. ...
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Kin

An extraordinary Australian filmmaking family

Amanda Duthie

In Kin: An extraordinary Australian filmmaking family, artists and filmmakers from all over the world pay tribute to the indomitable Freda Glynn and her family. Freda championed Aboriginal screen storytelling with global impact, helping establish CAAMA and Imparja Television in the 1980s. ...
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Australian Cricket Digest 2018-19

Lawrie Colliver

Professional cricket tragic Lawrie Colliver has been producing the Australian Cricket Digest, his annual almanac for the game, for seven years now.

This year's is a bumper edition, with 50 more pages. It features full scores of the women's league (WBBL) for the first time, contributions from Pat Cummins, David Jenkins and Jason Gillespie, reports on The Ashes 2017-18 and the Australian domestic summer, and competitions like the Australian Under 19s ODI and Australian Aboriginal teams in England, as well as a district/grade cricket review, and National Country Championships. And, of course, there's a preview of the 2018-19 fixtures. ...
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