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Am I Black Enough For You?

By: Anita Heiss

Price: $34.95

Publisher: Australia, Bantam, 2012


The story of an urban-based high achieving Aboriginal woman working to break down stereotypes and build bridges between black and white Australia. I'm Aboriginal. I'm just not the Aboriginal person a lot of people want or expect me to be. What does it mean to be Aboriginal? Why is Australia so obsessed with notions of identity? Anita Heiss, successful author and passionate campaigner for Aboriginal literacy, was born a member of the Wiradjuri nation of central N... View more info

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Barefoot Through the Bindies: Growing Up in North Queensland in the Early 1900s

By: Marion Houldsworth

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2012


Growing up in North Queensland in the early 1900's. Australian children of this new millennium takes for granted a lofestyle that includes videos, T.V. Soapies, DVD's, computer games. But the children of a hundred years ago, the Federation era, had a different set of expectations. They walked barefoot through the bindies to school. Their homes were barkhuts with ant-beds for floors. they harnessed their billy-goat carts to fetch wood and water. This earlier generation of... View more info

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Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil: The Journey [used book]

By: Mark Dodshon

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Australia, Penguin, 2004


Since its genesis in 1976, Midnight Oil - fronted by the charismatic and passionate Peter Garrett until his departure from the band in late 2002 - has at various times been synonymous with beer-barn angst, green political activism, indigenous advocacy and musical nonconformism. At the same time this hugely popular band has been a mainstay of commercial radio and an icon of contemporary Australian culture. Despite the band's high profile, its members are notoriously priva... View more info

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Blue Bostock: Australia's First Bullfighter and Rodeo Clown

By: Geoff Allen

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2013


Meet Blue Bostock, Australia's first bullfighter and rodeo clown. Told in an authentic voice by an authentic Aussie character Blue Bostock: Australia's first bullfighter and rodeo clown is the colourful story of one man's life as one of this country's most famous rodeo riders. From his carefree days growing up in Mackay to international fame as a rodeo rider and bull fighter, Blue Bostock was never one to let an opportunity pass him by. Narrated by a true Aussie larrik... View more info

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Bonzer: My Unforgettable Childhood [signed copy]

By: Sandy Thorne

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Penguin, 2013

Edition: Signed by Author


***each copy signed by the author on front end paper 'Best Wishes, Sandy Thorne'*** Feel like a trip down memory lane? Need a laugh? If you've ever pinched fruit, pelted rocks on people's roofs, talked about hairs in grade seven or been expelled from school, this hilarious memoir will be your cup of tea. If you didn't do any of those things but wanted to, this book is also for you. Growing up wild and free in the golden era of the 1950s and '60s in rural Queensl... View more info

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Desert Queen: The Many Lives and Loves of Daisy Bates [used book]

By: Susanna de Vries

Price: $9.00

Publisher: Australia, Harper Collins, 2008


The Queen of the Never Never as never seen before! In the 1890s, when a woman's role was seen as marrying well and raising a family, Daisy Bates reinvented herself from humble governess to heiress-traveller and 'woman of science'. She would become one of the best-known and most controversial ethnologists in history, and one of the fi rst people to put Aboriginal culture on the map. Born into tough circumstances, Daisy's prospects were dim; her father an alcoholic bootmak... View more info

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From the Gulf to God Knows Where

By: Marion Houldsworth

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2014


Charlie and Pauline Rayment wouldn't live anywhere but the Outback. Charlie brought Pauline as a bride to 'Kurran', in the ranges of the Diamantina catchment. Pauline faced the wilderness while Charlie carved a property from the harsh environment. Their story typifies this new collection by Marion Houldsworth. Readers share the Outback experience at one remove; wake face-to-face with a rock-python, are sucked down in a whirlpool, trapped inside a water-tank, help a neigh... View more info

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Harry Readford alias Captain Starlight

By: John Morrison

Price: $39.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2014


The story of Harry Readford, born in 1841 on the frontier of the infant colony of New South Wales, who became a proficient bushman, stockman, drover, explorer, pioneer and above all, a renowned cattle duffer, has passed into Australian folklore. The pivotal event in the story was the famous cattle theft in 1870, of 1200 head from the Longreach area of Central Queensland, and droving them nearly 1600 kilometres through virtually unexplored desert country deep into South ... View more info

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Horsemen of the Outback: Their Spurs and Spurmakers - REVISED EDITION

By: Don J. Corcoran

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2012


This is an extremely well researched work which will be treasured by all horse riders. It is a very thorough account of Australian spurs and the bush blacksmiths like Fred Gutte who designed his on Wave Hill Station, but is much more that. If offers a romantic folklore of the horsemen who used the spurs in their sometimes dangerous and often lonely rides on the cattle stations between outback Queensland and the Kimberley. View more info

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In the Tracks of Old Bluey: Nat Buchanan

By: Bobbie Buchanan

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2012


Nat Buchanan was the first European to cross the Barkly Tablelands from east to west and first to take a large herd of breeding cattle from Queensland to the Top End of the Northern Territory. Buchanan created a droving record when he supervised 20,000 head over this route. Critique: If he was an American they would build a Hall of Fame in his honour, but Australians haven't heard of him. At last, a fitting tribute to one of the truly great Australians. Ted Egan View more info

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John Flynn

By: Ivan Rudolph

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2012


John Flynn is one of Australia's greatest folk heroes. His achievements are stuff of legend - no other Australian has had more monuments dedicated to him than John Flynn. Flynn established a network of cottage hospitals, flying doctors, patrol padres, welfare centres and radio transmitters to create a Mantle of Safety that would allow the Outback to be habitable for men, women and children. Critique: Ivan Rudolph brings out Flynn the man who, like no other,revolution... View more info

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Love You to Bits and Pieces: True Story of David Helfgott and the Movie "Shine" [used book]

By: Gillian Helfgott and Alissa Tanskaya

Price: $7.00

Publisher: UK, Penguin Books Ltd, 1997


The biography of David Helfgott, a gifted young Australian pianist who suffered a severe mental breakdown and was institutionalized. Although brilliant and charismatic, he was insecure and reliant on anti-psychotic medication, but eventually overcame his illness to achieve artistic greatness. This story was written by his wife Gillian, who tells of the powerful bond between them and of sharing her life with a man who came through the darkness of his past. View more info

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Mailman of the Birdsville Track: The Story of Tom Kruse

By: Kristin Weidenbach

Price: $22.95

Publisher: Australia, Hachette Australia, 2014


The truly classic Australian story of Tom Kruse - legendary mailman of the Birdsville Track. For the people who lived in the desert between Marree and Birdsville, contact with the outside world was hard and sporadic - but one man was their lifeline: Tom Kruse. For more than twenty years he was the connection with the outside world for the families, station workers and others who lived along the Birdsville Track. Tom delivered everything from the mail and newspapers to... View more info

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Mary Bryant: Her Life and Escape from Botany Bay [used book]

By: Jonathan King

Price: $8.00

Publisher: Australia, Simon & Schuster, 2004


For the crime of robbing a wealthy woman of a silk bonnet and a few guineas, an illiterate Cornish woman faces the hangman's noose. Her death sentence is commuted; instead she finds herself transported in chains on the First Fleet to Botany Bay, New South Wales to serve seven years penal servitude. So begins the extraordinary but true story of legendary Mary Bryant, the only female convict to escape from Botany Bay and whose open-boat escape voyage with her husband, two ... View more info

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Maybe it'll Rain Tomorrow: Living in Australia's Outback # Sequel to From the Gulf to God Knows Where

By: Marion Houldsworth

Price: $29.95

Publisher: Australia, Boolarong Press, 2012


Maybe It'll Rain Tomorrow is the perfect title for Marion Houldsworth's Volume Two of From the Gulf to God Knows Where. Rain is a lifeblood and a ubiquitous topic of conversation in the bush. It can mean the difference between success and failure; life and death. 'Maybe it'll rain tomorrow' is a catch phrase used by country people and expresses the optimism and courage they show in the face of often almost overwhelming adversity. Critique: This second volume of From ... View more info