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In the bestselling Black Kettle and Full Moon, master storyteller Geoffrey Blainey takes us on another absorbing journey – a guided tour of a vanished Australia. Covering the years from the first gold rush to World War I. Blainey paints a fascinating picture of how our forebears lived – in the outback, in towns and cities, at sea and on land. He looks at all aspects of daily life, from billycans to brass bands, from ice-making to etiquette, from pipes to pubs. The engaging text is further brought alive by an evocative selection of contemporary illustrations by artists such as Julian Ashton.This is Geoffrey Blainey doing what he does best bringing to life for the modern reader the sighs and sounds and smells of another time.

Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780143002666

    September 1, 2004

    Penguin (AU Adult)

    496 pages

    RRP $27.99

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Awards and Recognition

  • Westfield Waverley Library Award
    2004
    Winner
    Non-Fiction
  • NSW Premier's Literary Awards
    2004
    Shortlisted
    Douglas Stewart Prize

Also by Geoffrey Blainey

The Story of Australia’s People
A Shorter History of Australia
A Short History of Christianity
Charles Court: I Love This Place
Sea of Dangers: Captain Cook and his Rivals
A Short History of the Twentieth Century
A Very Short History of the World
Black Kettle and Full Moon
The Rush That Never Ended
A Short History Of The World