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History Trust of South Australia –    Wakefield Press History Initiative   


Telling South Australia's Tales   
then & now   

Wakefield Press has been sharing stories of South Australia's colourful history for many decades. Our books are an increasingly important and enduring record of this small state, and this is something we want to continue. The difficult fact of history publishing is that it is rarely viable without financial support.

Thanks to our new partnership with the History Trust of South Australia, you can now make a tax-deductible donation towards approved Wakefield Press history projects, to be part of history and help us continue to tell South Australia’s tales. Donors will have the option to be acknowledged by name in the book for their contribution or to remain anonymous.

See below for a selection of the current projects eligible for donations, including upcoming releases and reprints.

Donations of any amount can be made via the History Trust of South Australia website.


Donations over two dollars are tax-deductible and all donations (minus a three per cent transaction fee) will be remitted to Wakefield Press for the approved project. Have a specific project you want to make a reality, or an interest in seeing a reprint of one of our titles? Get in touch with us for more information.



Your tax-deductible donation can go towards:


Colonialism and its Aftermath

An Aboriginal history of South Australia

Edited by Peggy Brock and Tom Gara

There has not been a comprehensive book of Aboriginal history in South Australia since the introduction of native title. This long-awaited collection illustrates through a series of regional histories and life stories how colonists and the reach of the colonial state gradually spread through South Australia and details the ongoing impact of colonialism on Aboriginal individuals and communities.

Contributors include Robert Foster, Amanda Nettelbeck, Christine Lockwood, Rani Kerin, Diane Bell, Skye Krichauff, Ingreth Macfarlane and Carol Pybus.



You can also help to get these classics back in print:


The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History

Edited by Wilfrid Prest, Kerrie Round and Carol Fort

Revised edition

This flagship book was published in 2001 for the bicentenary of South Australia. As well as a comprehensive A to Z of South Australian history, the Companion includes a chronology and lists of prominent individuals – the result of work by over 200 contributors.

Donations would allow for a fully revised and enhanced edition, to be used in print and electronic forms for generations to come.

'The Wakefield Companion to South Australian History is likely to become the standard reference on the state's history, and an indispensable aid to students, journalists, local historians and South Australian patriots.' – Graeme Davison, Monash University


Ochre and Rust

Artefacts and encounters on Australian frontiers

By Philip Jones

Paperback edition

Curator and historian Philip Jones 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.

Donations would allow for a new paperback edition.

Winner of the 2008 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Non-Fiction

Shortlisted for the 2007 Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards

'This is a beautiful book. ... Wakefield Press' overall design, high quality paper, appealing lay-out, plus the numerous, well-reproduced and integrated illustrations and attractive cover, make for an experience that is aesthetic as well as intellectual.' – Ann McGrath, Aboriginal History


Those Dry-stone Walls

Stories from South Australia's stone age

By Bruce Munday and Kristin Munday

Beautiful stone was nature’s gift to South Australia, and an irresistible building material for early settlers. Author Bruce Munday and photographer Kristin Munday travelled the state, finding historic masterpieces and insights into rural life in the years following settlement.

Donations would allow for a reprint.

'Anyone interested in South Australia's rural heritage will find much to enjoy in this book.' – Stephen Davenport, Indaily


Encountering Terra Australis

The Australian Voyages of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders

By Jean Fornasiero, Peter Monteath and John West-Sooby

Encountering Terra Australis traces the parallel lives and voyages of the explorers Flinders and Baudin, as they travelled to Australia and explored the coastline of mainland Australia and Tasmania. Unusually, the book takes its lead from the voyages of Baudin, rather than Flinders, providing a rather different interpretation than those presently circulating. Furthermore the authors have worked using their own totally fresh translation of Baudin's journals, sourcing original accounts including material which has never before been available in English.

Extensively illustrated in colour and black and white.

Donations would allow for a reprint.




You can download a flyer on the topic from this link.