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In Search of Anna

Valerie Volk

She is the one I really want; that wandering spirit, the woman who gave birth to my grandfather and could not let him go, even when he had separated himself from her, from the land of his birth, and from all that he had known.

It's a long way from a small southern German village to a farm in New South Wales, but in 1889 Anna Werner sets off alone on a foolish mission, to search for her son who has disappeared in Australia. From Hamburg to the exuberance of the 'Marvellous Melbourne' of the 1800s and the immigrant life of the Riverina German farming community of Jindera, Anna discovers as much about herself as she does about the thriving country she encounters.

In Search of Anna is based on the true story of one woman's long and perilous journey from the small German village of Lewin, to the farms of Jindera in Australia. It has been extensively researched and is full of vivid detail about life in Germany and Australia during the 1800s. It is a sensitive exploration of the relationship between mothers and sons, and tells of a woman's search for herself.

'When a poet as fine as Valerie Volk focuses that gift on history and family lore the sum is bound to be even greater than the parts.' - Peter Goldsworthy

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Colonial Settlers on the River Torrens

Roger Irvine for the City of Campbelltown

This book tells the stories of the first generation of European settlers to take up properties on the upper reaches of the River Torrens in the north-east area of Adelaide, after the colony of South Australia began in 1836. They were the first to intensively cultivate the land in the present-day suburbs of Campbelltown, Paradise and Athelstone.

The outstanding historical achievement of these settlers was their major contribution to the development of horticulture. Another important narrative, however, was the displacement of the Aboriginal population. This book acknowledges that Europeans were not the first settlers in this region - and recounts the harsh treatment of the indigenous Kaurna people.

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Magic Little Meals

Lolo Houbein and Tori Arbon

Warm, witty and wise, this practical garden-to-table cookbook will help you to not just grow your own food - but eat it, too.

Put yourself in the expert hands of gardening guru Lolo Houbein, author of the international hit One Magic Square, and organic farmer Tori Arbon, of urban food-growing workshops Magic Harvest.

Find out how to grow (and prepare) more than fifty fruits and vegetables, with recipes ranging from simple snacks and finger food to inventive soups and salads; and warming stews and curries, to dinner-party risottos and vegetable roasts. Whether your taste runs to French onion soup or Hungarian goulash, spanakopita or sweet potato fritters, you'll find bountiful ideas for turning your garden produce into delicious food.

Magic Little Meals includes a host of bonus garden tips, on everything from edible garden activities for children to filling a raised garden bed.

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Making Friends with Alice Dyson

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My hand, which is following a stray pencil rolling across the floor, stops dead right in front of two ratty green sneakers.
     My gaze follows the shoes up over long legs to a towering figure.
     I stand abruptly.
     Tall, black eyes, messy hair, a permanent scowl on a permanently angry face. Our school’s delinquent, a waster, the kind of boy who always sits at the back of class.
     The kind of boy even popular people like Sophia are afraid of.
     Teddy Taualai.


Alice Dyson knows exactly how she'll be spending her final year of high school: with her head down, concentrating on her textbooks and homework. She's focused on the future, and nothing is going to get in her way.

Until a bizarre encounter with the school's most notorious troublemaker derails all her plans, turning Alice into the unwilling centre of attention and her life into one enormous complication.

And even worse? Now Teddy Taualai won't leave her alone.

A romantic story about rumours, friendship, and discovering who you really are.

Shortlisted for the 2018 Adelaide Festival Unpublished Manuscript Award

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The Australian War Memorial

Steve Gower

In this book, Steve Gower, the highly successful director of the Australian War Memorial from 1996 to 2012, gives a comprehensive account of the development of the Memorial from its inception just over a century ago.

Official permission was given in 1917 for the collection of war relics for display in a proposed museum in Australia. It would honour and commemorate all those who had served, especially those who had lost their lives, and help Australians to understand what they had experienced. Essentially the vision of one man, official war correspondent Charles Bean, supported by the head of the Australian War Records Section, John Treloar and others, it led to the opening in 1941 of the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, now a 'must-visit' place for Australians and overseas visitors.

The book recounts the many challenges in establishing the Memorial and then in developing further its galleries and displays, the extensive collection, associated events and the overall supporting facilities. The Australian War Memorial: A century on from the vision also goes behind the scenes to provide insights into the many facets of a major, modern cultural institution.

Steve Gower was Director of the Australian War Memorial between 1996 and 2012. He is a Duntroon graduate and Vietnam veteran who gained an Honours degree in Engineering from the University of Adelaide, followed by a Masters degree by research.

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