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Fifty

Maggie Tonkin

When Elizabeth Cameron Dalman founded Australian Dance Theatre in 1965, she set out to create a company that would be radical, daring and new. Fifty years later, ADT is not only Australia's oldest continuously running contemporary dance company, but also one of Australia's most recognised cultural exports.

To celebrate half a century of innovation in dance performance, Fifty traces the very different trajectories ADT has taken under the successive artistic direction of Elizabeth Cameron Dalman, Jonathan Taylor, Lenny Westerdijk and Anthony Steel, Leigh Warren, Meryl Tankard, Bill Pengelly and Garry Stewart. Each of these directors has pushed the boundaries of dance performance and explored new modes of movement, theatrical expression and artistic collaboration, creating a repertoire of groundbreaking works that have challenged and delighted audiences both in Australia and internationally. In Fifty Maggie Tonkin explores ADT's fertile - and at times tumultuous - history through interviews and archival research, and showcases the company's most noted works through stunning images.

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Those Wild Rabbits

Bruce Munday

A century ago Australia was home to 10 billion rabbits, thriving in their adopted home. Storyteller Bruce Munday finds the rabbit saga irresistible - the naive hopes of the early settlers, the frustration, environmental damage, cost to agriculture, dreams shattered, and the lessons learned and ignored.

Those Wild Rabbits highlights not only the damage done but also Australia's missed opportunities for real rabbit control. It recognises the bush's paradoxical love affair with an animal that was at one time a significant rural industry and is still recalled with nostalgia. More importantly, it offers hope for a brighter future, making the case for continued research to drive the next rabbit-control miracle, because rabbit plagues of the past will become the future unless we capture the history and embrace the lessons.

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The Long Campaign

Edited by Gus Worby, Tristan Kennedy and Simone Ulalka Tur

This collection celebrates the contribution to public intellectual life - in South Australia and beyond - of eleven respected Indigenous educators, community leaders and activists: the Duguid lecturers.

Their work, in turn, honours the dedication of Dr Charles and Phyllis Duguid in advancing the cultural, social and political interests of Indigenous Australians from the 1930s to the 1990s.

The Duguid Memorial Lectures, 1994–2014, offer telling insights into the endeavours of individuals, communities and movements dedicated to improving Indigenous education, health, cultural practice and community governance. They prepare the ground and point the way for generations of leaders to come.

The Duguids and the Duguid lecturers are partners in the long, continuing campaign for a reconciled Australia.

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City Streets

Lance Campbell and Mick Bradley

City Streets coverWhen South Australia was 100 years old, Gustav Hermann Baring celebrated with style. His mammoth publication Progressive Adelaide - As It Stands To-day was both a catalogue of commerce and a labour of love.

In 1936, Hermann Baring captured the State and its capital in pictures. For all time. Inspired by Progressive Adelaide, photographer Mick Bradley and writer Lance Campbell set out in Baring's footsteps. In images and words, City Streets is progressive Adelaide today.

This is a unique book about a unique city. For all time.

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