Book Launch: Geraldine Moore’s biography ‘George Higinbotham and Eureka: The Struggle for Democracy in Colonial Victoria ‘

Congratulations to Geraldine Moore for the publication of her new biography George Higinbotham and Eureka: The Struggle for Democracy in Colonial Victoria (Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2018). The book will be launched by Professor Stuart Macintyre on Sunday 18th of November, 3pm, at St Andrew’s Church in Brighton. Registration is requested for catering purposes. Further information.

‘Sword and Baton’

Congratulations to Justin Chadwick on the publication of his new book, which is a collection of 86 biographies, representing every Australian Army officer to reach the rank of major general from Federation to the outbreak of World War II. It describes a crucial period in Australian military history through the lives of the men at its Read more …

Big Game Hunter: The Life of Frederick Courteney Selous

Norman Etherington’s Big Game Hunter: The Life of Frederick Courteney Selous is a portrait of Selous – adventurer, hunter and naturalist – a tells the story of an adventurer, hunter and naturalist in late nineteenth-century Africa, who would inspire novelists such as Rider Haggard and Wilbur Smith. The book describes Selous’ extraordinary adventures, from elephant-hunting, and Read more …

Dodging the Devil: Letters from the Front, Gallipoli, Fromelles and Bullecourt

Nick Brodie has edited the letters and provided the commentary for George Martindale’s Dodging the Devil: Letters from the Front, Gallipoli, Fromelles and Bullecourt (Hardie Grant), which collects messages and photographs Martindale sent to his family in Melbourne documenting his daily life during World War I.

The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh

Leigh Straw’s The Worst Woman in Sydney: The Life and Crimes of Kate Leigh (NewSouth Books) is the first biography of legendary Kate Leigh, famed brothel madam, sly grog seller and drug dealer. Leigh tells the full story of how this wayward Reformatory girl from Dubbo made a fortune in eastern Sydney and defied the Read more …

A Man of Many Parts, the life and times of Edward Charles Close 1790–1866

Ann Beaumont’s A Man of Many Parts, the life and times of Edward Charles Close 1790–1866 (Highland House Publications) uses extensive primary sources in England and Australia, private family papers, and diaries and correspondence of contemporaries to delve into the private and public worlds of Edward Charles Close, Father of the Hunter and one of Read more …

Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia

Christine Maher’s biography of an early colonial magnate, Richard Brooks: From Convict Ship Captain to Pillar of Early Colonial Australia (Rosenberg Publishing), provides a glimpse into the social, political and domestic life of that famed group of landowning settlers of the first 20 years of the colony. The book will be launched by Peter Stanley Read more …

Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines

Bernice Barry’s Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines – a biography of one of Australia’s first internationally successful female botanists – was a best-seller in Western Australia and has been picked up by two major publishers. Bernice signed with Pan Macmillan in December and a new edition of the book will be released under their Read more …