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Adelaide's Public Transport - The First 180 Years

Tom Wilson, John Radcliffe, Christopher Steele


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The beautiful city of Adelaide, capital of South Australia, with a population approaching 1.4 million spread over an area about 90 kilometres long and 50 kilometres wide, has a fascinating public transport history, with many similarities to, but also many differences from, other cities of a similar size. Despite being well planned in 1836 by surveyor Colonel William Light with many straight, wide roads, its good road network has presented many challenges for public transport in that it is very easy to drive a car anywhere during all but the relatively short peak periods. ...
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Australia: A Seventy-Year Love Affair

From Hungary to Australia, from post-war refugee to patriotic Australian

Susan Bardy, John Holmes

The twelfth of January 2021 was the 70th anniversary of Susan Bardy's arrival in Melbourne - when she first stepped on Australian soil. Her years in Australia have been a '70-year love affair'! In this book she explains why.

This is an honest but loving story of how, after losing her Hungarian national identity and becoming a refugee in Austria, Australia was the country that became her helper, uncoverer of latent abilities and a precious homeland. ...
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One Bright Morning

Wendy Scarfe

Fleeing Kuala Lumpur after the Japanese capture Penang, young Zeny Havilland arrives in Darwin shortly before Christmas 1941. Uprooted and knowing no one, she finds work as a reporter on the Northern Standard and a home with Olive, a gentle Quaker who takes in waifs and strays. Robert, a troubled young man damaged by war, lives in a shed in the garden. ...
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Landscapes of South Australia

Alex Frayne

Photographic artist Alex Frayne has travelled the length and breadth of South Australia to bring us this wondrous book of images from his big and beautiful, timeless and daunting back yard. ...
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'Roaming Freely Throughout the Universe'

Nicolas Baudin's voyage to Australia and the pursuit of science

Jean Fornasiero, John West-Sooby

The Age of Exploration not only paved the way for European conquest and trade, it also widened the horizons of science. By the second half of the eighteenth century, the link between travel and science was so widely acknowledged that it had become routine practice to include naturalists in all major voyages of exploration. ...
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Kidman

The extraordinary life of Sir Sidney Kidman

Christo Reid

A beautifully illustrated hardback that celebrates the life of the man they called 'the cattle king', Australia's greatest ever rural entrepreneur.

In the late 19th century, 13-year-old Sidney Kidman left home on a horse to make his fortune; over the next 50 years - and with single-minded determination - he would create a pastoral empire the size of France - the largest privately controlled pastoral empire the world has ever known. ...
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Cars We Used to Drive

Australians on the move, 1940s to 1960s

Don Loffler

In Cars We Used To Drive, Don Loffler, well-known Holden author, reveals his lifelong interest in all makes of cars on Australian roads in the years 1946 to 1966.

Don Loffler has assembled a remarkable collection of 280 colour slides and black-and-white photographs of owners and their cars, from Austin to Zeta. Makes like Morris, Vanguard, Wolseley, Oldsmobile and Hudson, which have long since disappeared from the new car scene ...
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Hometown Haunts

#LoveOzYA horror tales

Poppy Nwosu

One bite of an apple from a family shrine unearths hungry ghosts. A poison garden unfurls a polite boy's deepest, darkest desires. Interfering with an Indigenous burial site unleashes ancestral revenge, to a metal soundtrack. An underground dance party during Covid threatens to turn lethal. And on the edge of a coastal rainforest, a grieving sister waits to witness a mysterious 'unravelling'. ...
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Once Were Brothers

Mark Awerbuch

Mathis doesn't believe in coincidence, which can only mean he's been under tight surveillance. He knows why. Since his teenage days he's realised he's a potential target for those wishing to exploit his unique talents for venal or national security reasons.

It's why he's been so obsessed with secrecy. He'd hoped working in a dull job like accountancy would provide a further blanket of security. And for 30 years it had. ...
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The Establishment Boys

Barry Nicholls

Monday 9 May 1977 was an historic moment for world cricket. It was the day Kerry Packer announced he'd bought the cream of Australia's cricketing talent, to play in his own private competition.

Over the next two years, the game became bitterly divided between two parallel competitions: the rock-star realm of Packer's World Series Cricket and traditional Test cricket, now depicted as stodgy and obsolete. While Packer and his glamorous brigade won the war, Test cricket survived due to those who carried the Australian banner for the game: younger, poorly paid men representing their country. ...
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Wotan's Daughter

The life of Marjorie Lawrence

Richard Davis

Wotan's Daughter recounts the turbulent life and career of Marjorie Lawrence, one of Australia's most renowned opera stars. From humble beginnings in rural Victoria, Lawrence rose to become one of the pre-eminent Wagner singers of her generation, acclaimed and honoured in Europe and at the Metropolitan Opera in New York where she shared roles with the legendary Kirsten Flagstad. ...
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Port Adelaide

The history of a 'commodious harbour'

John Couper-Smartt

This much-anticipated new edition of the definitive history of Port Adelaide (first published in 2003, long out of print), boasts a wealth of new material and images - and a stunning new design. Covering everything from the original Kaurna inhabitants and culture, the region's natural environment, and its role as a centre of shipping and industry, to the seaside, sport and recreation, and religion, this marvellous book is a treasure trove of information. ...
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