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Author Murray, Robert, 1932- author.

Title The making of Australia : a concise history / Robert Murray.

Published Kenthurst, N.S.W. : Rosenberg, 2014.
[Kenthurst, New South Wales] : Rosenberg, 2014.
©2014.

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 UniM Bail  994 MURR    AVAILABLE
Physical description 320 pages : illustrations, photographs, maps, portraits ; 23 cm
regular print
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1 Log Rafts and Sails 9 -- 2 Convicts Become Cockies 25 -- 3 Making of Australia 49 -- 4 Aboriginal Reaction 79 -- 5 At the Edge of the Law 93 -- 6 Queen Victoria's Great Day 113 -- 7 Wild North 135 -- 8 A Nation for a Continent 152 -- 9 Call form Khaki 176 -- 10 Between the Wars 196 -- 11 Menzies Era 214 -- 12 Vietnam and Whitlam 239 -- 13 Two Centuries on 264 -- 14 Century21 287.
Summary In this book, the author draws on a lifetime's fascination with Australian history and 45 years writing about it to give a clear, concise history of the country. From the coming of the first Aborigines perhaps 60,000 years ago, certainly 40,000, to the election of the Abbott government in 2013, Murray traces the forces that have shaped the nation. In Murray's mainly chronological account the main periods and events in the Australian story are all present. The content is political, social and economic, showing how these strands of Australian life interacted in eras of exploration, in boom periods and depressions and droughts, and in a number of wars. The transition from a convict society to a free one is traced, as is development of representative government and of Federation, the growth of cities, and the careers and influence of key politicians. A notable feature is the systematic treatment given to Aboriginal-settler relations and how they have evolved over more than two centuries. In doing this Murray gives, briefly, both sides of controversies that have led to heated disputes in recent times. This is done in a way that allows the reader to continue to follow developments and modern debates.
Subject Australia -- Social conditions.
Australia -- Social conditions -- History.
Australia -- Politics and government -- History.
Australia -- History.
Australian.
ISBN 9781925078152 (paperback)