Members' Books ­ ISAA

. . . .

Members' Books


GREAT EXPECTATIONS. Emigrant Governesses in Colonial Australia

 

ISBN: 9780642279620

Partricia Clarke

Jobs were few and poverty was widespread among educated middle-class women in nineteenth-century Britain.  Great Expectations is the story of a group of intrepid ladies who forged a different path - as governesses to wild colonial boys and girls on the other side of the world.  Often fluent in multiple foreign languages, skilled artists and musicians, the women came with great expectations. Some gained employment with well-established families or found husbands;...

Keep Reading...

A SUITCASE IN THE DESERT

Brian Nicholls

Two lost children

A man in search of himself

An unforgiving land

An unlikely romance

A murder...

Matt Hudson is an emotionally damaged homicide detective who has dented his code of honour and lost a clear purpose in life. To fulfil his father's dying wish he embarks on a road trip along the famed Birdsville Track in the deserts of South Australia driving his father's old 1947 Dodge pick-up. Matt's journey involves several narratives...

Keep Reading...

BOTANIC ENDEAVOUR: the Florilegium Society celebrates the Banks and Solander Collection

ISBN : 9780646816081

Colleen Morris and Brett Summerell, Brett (author.) and Beverley Allen (writer of introduction.) and Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, (issuing body.), The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney Inc, 2020 [Hunters Hill, New South Wales]. 

‘A beautiful new limited edition publication featuring the recent botanical paintings by artists of The Florilegium Society at the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. The paintings link the historic Banks...

Keep Reading...

A GOLDMINER’S FORTUNE. The Story of Martin Loughlin, “Quartz King”, racehorse owner and philanthropist, and of Thomas O’Loughlin, who inherited the fortune

Anne Ridley

ISBN:  978-0-6489488-0-3; 2020, pbk

When gold was discovered in Victoria, a young Irishman, Martin Loughlin, and his cousin, Patrick, joined the thousands of diggers heading to Ballarat to make their fortune.  Martin possessed a golden touch as he successfully built a portfolio of mines.  Not all were without controversy - his purchase of the Mt Egerton mine led to one of the most famous court cases of the era.  His growing wealth enabled him to...

Keep Reading...

The Reader's Digest in Surry Hills: The design and construction of a heritage building – an architect’s story

John James

West Grinstead Publishers; ISBN: 9780975742556

This book describes the design and the creation of a significant monument from the perspective of the architect. It includes how he reserved the site, arranged the funding and worked closely with the builder – a very personal story.

It was the cheapest air conditioned building in Sydney due to the preponderance of brick in the walls and the now-famous roof garden. The columns that framed the windows and brick...

Keep Reading...

Born in Glebe: Mothers, Midwives and Medical Men

Lesley Potter

Sydney, ISBN: 978-1-64786-261-9

Positioning maternity care within the local historical context of Glebe in Sydney, at the close of the colonial period and before the birth of the Australian nation, the author appraises the lives of everyday people: mothers, midwives and medical men. She relates how birthing was conducted on the cusp of modern obstetrical advancements in this important area of health and wellbeing. The book enables the reader to appreciate...

Keep Reading...