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New South Australian Architecture

Peter Barnes, Lance Campbell, John Nowland

'Architectural photography plays an important role as a visual record of our constantly evolving built environment. For architects it is one of the final parts of the process: the expression of our design work through someone else's creative viewpoint. ...
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Kangaroo Island

Alison Higgs

An image as an expression of a journey, and a comment on a moment.

Separated from the mainland by the 30 kilometres of treacherous water known as Backstairs Passage, Kangaroo Island is Australia's third-largest island. The coast, wild and rugged in parts, has cliffs and rocky outcrops formed by a beating from the Southern Atlantic, interspersed with tranquil soft white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. ...
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The Diary of Emily Caroline Creaghe, Explorer

Emily Caroline Creaghe, Peter Monteath

'We none of us ate any salt meat, or anything that would tend to give us a thirst. We are now on what is called the 'Table-land', a flat piece of country on the top of a very high mountain. We are now in unexplored country where no white man has been before, so it is uncertain when we may see water again.'

So reads part of the entry in Caroline Creaghe's diary for Monday 23 April 1883. By that time, as a sole female member of an exploring party, she was already well acquainted with the privations and harshness of travel in Australia's north. Ahead lay territory unknown to Europeans, as well as numerous tests of endurance, strength and courage. ...
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Australian Rural Entrepreneurs

Redefining the Future

Kerry Anderson

In rural Australia, the entrepreneurs walk quietly among us, forging new opportunities and strengthening our communities, one business at a time. Previously isolated by the tyranny of distance, they are now digitally connected to the world. ...
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A Star on Her Door

The life and career of June Bronhill

Richard Davis

For four decades June Bronhill was a household name in Britain and Australia. Whilst her name, her face and her voice became synonymous with the title role in Lehar's The Merry Widow and Maria in The Sound of Music, Bronhill's career covered grand opera, comic opera, musicals, straight plays, variety, radio, concerts, television and recording. Extraordinary talent brought her success, fame and the devotion of a legion of fans, but there was a private June the public seldom saw. This is the story of one of Australia's most beloved stars and of the woman beyond the starlight. It explores her journey to stardom from outback Broken Hill to Covent Garden and London's West End, the triumphs and disappointments of her career, her shattered relationships and the battles she fought against ill health culminating in career-destroying deafness. ...
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Vernacular Visions

A folklife history of Australia: art, diversity, storytelling

Noris Ioannou

What is the character of Australian folk creativity, where does it spring from, what are its artistic outcomes, and what does it say about the diverse make-up of the nation and its history and culture? Cultural historian Dr Noris Ioannou explores these queries in this, the first comprehensive and richly illustrated cultural history text on Australian folk creativity, its art and its stories. ...
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Elaine Haxton

A colourful artist and life

Lorraine Penny McLoughlin

This book celebrates the extraordinary life of artist Elaine Haxton and illustrates with beautiful reproductions the range and quality of her work, asserting her rightful place as a significant twentieth century Australian artist. ...
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Becoming a Bird

Untold stories about art

Stephanie Radok

Writer and artist Stephanie Radok reflects on art and its purposes. Becoming a Bird: Untold stories about art includes her travels to multiple museums in the northern hemisphere, wandering and wondering. ...
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Victor Harbor

Down beside the sea

Deb Kandelaars, Ron Kandelaars

It's a view imprinted on the retina of most South Australians - that majestic vista as you drive into Victor Harbor taking in the town, Granite Island and The Bluff.

This is a place of lazy summer holidays, rides on the horse-drawn tram, strolls around Granite Island with an ice cream, fish and chips on the lawn, a cosy winter weekend - a happy place to slow down and relax with loved ones.

In this beautiful book, you'll find all this and more as stories from history, newspapers, interviews and oral histories, along with hundreds of images, bring to life the people and places that make Victor Harbor a coveted destination and place to live. ...
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Maralinga

The struggle for return of the lands

Garry Hiskey

The British government notoriously conducted a series of atomic bomb tests in South Australia's Maralinga lands during the 1950s and 1960s. The traditional owners, the Anangu, were moved to Yalata, within a kilometre or so of the main highway from Adelaide to Perth. Estranged from their lands and unable to visit their sacred sites or attend to the ritual obligations owed to the lands, the Yalata community became a troubled one. ...
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Boomerang

Behind an Australian icon

Philip Jones

From Aboriginal history to kitschy souvenirs to the shelves of your local sports store, boomerangs have a fascinating place in history and popular culture. Author Philip Jones draws on the world's largest boomerang collection ...
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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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