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Alas, for the Pelicans!

Flinders, Baudin and beyond: essays and poems

Anne Chittleborough, Gillian Dooley, Brenda Glover

In 1802 a Frenchman and an Englishman famously encountered each other off the shores of South Australia. The voyages of discovery of Nicolas Baudin and Matthew Flinders opened the way for the increasingly rapid colonisation of 'Terra Australis'. ...
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Aldo Iacobelli

I love painting

John Neylon, Aldo Iacobelli

Aldo Iacobelli, one of Australia's most distinctive artists, has tapped into a rich vein of imagination to produce iconic images that capture a sense of guarded wonder, or at times, a deep anxiety ...
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Alexander Sadlo

Experimental journey - an artist in three countries

Adam Dutkiewicz, Gaynor Sadlo, Alexander Sadlo

Alexander Sádlo was the pioneer of optical geometrical painting in Australia, and his presence in Adelaide and at the Contemporary Art Society had an osmotic effect on a later generation of painters who are now credited with bringing Hard Edge, Colour Field and Op Art to the fore in Australia.
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Alice Springs

From singing wire to iconic outback town

Stuart Traynor

In 1870 a colonial government, on the brink of collapse, made an audacious move. South Australia's squabbling politicians briefly put aside their differences and took the bold decision to run an iron wire to the middle of nowhere and beyond. Stringing the Overland Telegraph Line across the silent heart of the continent was a momentous event in the country's history. It connected Adelaide to a global network of cables and wire: those travelling up and down the track through central Australia were seldom out of earshot of its hum. Alice Springs was its most important repeater station. ...

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All That Glitters

The crime and the cover-up

Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler, the uncle of the boy that first accused Michael Jackson of molestation in 1993, sets the record straight in an extraordinary and very readable case study. All That Glitters meticulously examines details of accusations against Michael Jackson by Jordie Chandler, and his family ...
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All the Kings' Men

A history of the Hindmarsh Cricket Club

Denis Brien

All the Kings' Men records the story of the oldest continuously operating cricket club still in existence in South Australia - the Hindmarsh Cricket Club which now operates under the name of West Torrens - and the stories of the people who built it.

This book also traces the evolution of Club cricket in the Adelaide metropolitan area from the birth of the colony until 1900. It highlights the development of cricket through significant and progressive changes in society, such as industrial relations, transport, education, the telegraph, the press, politics, class and the economy. ...
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All This is So

John Roe

In the world of All This is So, people fish, picnic, plant trees, pick flowers, watch plays, laugh at Punch and Judy, perform music and own dogs; they fall in love, fear death, cherish their children, make mistakes and commit crimes. So is it our world? Not quite, or not quite yet. ...
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Almost an Island

The story of Robe

Liz Harfull

For a small place, tucked away on South Australia's rugged Limestone Coast, Robe has played a remarkable role in history. Here you will find pioneering settlers and aviators, fishermen braving wild seas in small wooden boats, famous painters and poets, chefs and winemakers, and meet some of the families drawn to this breathtaking virtual island. ...
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Alternative Interventions

Aboriginal homelands, Outback Australia and the Centre for Appropriate Technology

Alan Mayne

Not all interventions in Aboriginal Australia are inspired by external agents, politics or ideology. Some arise from simple, pragmatic responses to community needs where people and their aspirations are central.

Historian Alan Mayne unravels a story of people, place and relationships. At once both personal and intensely political, this is a journey of ideas into action; intervention through innovation.
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Amazing True Stories of Female Executions

Geoffrey Abbott

The fairer sex get it in the neck in these grisly tales from the gallows, guillotine and gas chamber. Amazing True Stories of Female Executions is brimming with macabre tales of martyrs, murderesses and madwomen from around the world. ...
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