By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Australia: Moments in History
By Victor Swain (New Holland, $29.95, softcover, 360 pages)
This is not a history of Australia, but a “potted history” of the memorable moments that have built a nation.
Victor Swain’s claim is reliably illustrated. Many and varied are the people and events who 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.
This is the story of the men and women who made Australia, and the events of our past that have shaped our future. This new and completely updated edition has many stories including the extraordinary stamina of explorers Edward Eyre and Douglas Mawson, the extraordinary story of the Mabo case and the permanent changes to Aboriginal land rights, the long-awaited apology to Indigenous Australians, the historic election of Australia’s first female Prime Minister Julia Gillard, the tragic terrorist attacks in Bali and the outstanding achievement of Jessica Watson, 16, sailing solo around the world.
Forceful and comprehensible, Australia: Moments in History reveals a tumultuous past and a promising future. It’s the story of Australia from the first pioneers, industrial success, the tragedy and triumph of 20th century war through to sports victories, momentous theatre and literature and the evolving relationship between humans and land.
It’s a captivating story of how inventiveness and adaptability played a big role: the early pioneers and explorers were innovators, had courage and determination, the achievements of the early administrators, the legislators and civil servants the benevolence of missionaries.
With its valuable account and understandable layout, Australia: Moments in History is an ideal way for the young and old to explore Australia’s unique heritage and cultural diversity.
You, too, will be captivated by the story of one of the most fascinating and spirited nations on earth.
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