This is the story of the men and women who made Australia, and the events of our past that have shaped our future.
Many and varied are the people and events that have contributed to the making of Australia: a nation characterised by the courage and tenacity of its early settlers and the ancient, spiritual patterns of its Aboriginal inhabitants. Discover the endurance of the early pioneers; the friendship between James Morrill and an Aboriginal tribe; the extraordinary stamina of explorers Edward Eyre and Douglas Mawson; the benevolence of missionaries Cheong Cheok Hong and Caroline Chisholm; the ingenuity of inventor James Harrison and the courage of army officer Hugo Throssell. Learn about the discovery of gold; the birth of the railways; irrigating the land; the first air mail; the development of cricket; the road to Federation and the republic debate. This new and completely updated edition also includes the extraordinary story of the Mabo case and the permanent changes to Aboriginal land rights; the tragic terrorist attacks in Bali; the outstanding achievement of Jessica Watson as she sailed solo around the world at the age of 16; the historical election of Australia?s first female prime minister, Julia Gillard as well as the 2010/2011 Queensland floods. With its rich narrative and accessible format, Australia: Moments in History is the ideal means for anyone, young or old, to explore Australia?s unique heritage and cultural diversity, and to become yet more enthralled by the story of one of the most fascinating and spirited nations on earth.