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Members' Books: History


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...

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FIRST KNOW YOUR ENEMY COMPREHENDING IMPERIAL GERMAN WAR AIMS & DECIPHERING THE ENIGMA OF KULTUR

John A. Moses with Peter Overlack

In thesearch for the deeper causes of the ‘War to end all wars’ the reading public has been presented with countless titles by military, diplomatic and intellectual historians. Some of these have, however, been motivated by a desire to show how their authors would have preferred the past events to have been, so as to promote some present-day agenda.This is the fallacy of ‘presentism’. John Moses...

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DISCOVERING VERMEER: A PASSIONATE QUEST

by Helen Topor

ISBN 9 780646 985718

In New York the last thing Helen expects is to fall in love with Dutch artist Johannes Vermeer. At the Frick Collection the painter of enigmatic women and luminous light touches her bruised soul profoundly. How can she explain a transcendent experience she herself doesn’t understand? 

Sensing Helen’s craving to know more about Vermeer’s life and works, Peter suggests they see all 35 paintings. She longs for adventure...

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MISTRESS OF HER PROFESSION CCOLONIAL MIDWIVES OF SYDNEY 1788-1901

by  Lesley Potter

Anchor Books (August 2017)

ISBN 9780648061601

Dr Lesley Potter’s book weaves the stories of nine midwives into an account of the development of midwifery training in New South Wales. These women’s lives span the nineteenth century and provide a fascinating perspective of maternity care and life in colonial Sydney. Before any official midwifery training was instigated in New South Wales numerous women worked as midwives. In the days of secret...

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SCORCHED EARTH. Australia’s secret plan for total war under Japanese invasion in World War II

Sue Rosen

Allen & Unwin (June 2017)

ISBN  9781925575149

In 1942 the threat of Japanese invasion hung over Australia. The men were overseas, fighting on other fronts, and civilians were left unprotected at home. Following the attack on Pearl Harbour and the Japanese advance south, Prime Minister Curtin ordered state governments to prepare. From January 1942, a team devised secret plans for a ‘scorched earth’ strategy whose goal was to prevent the Japanese...

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'A passion for exploring new countries' MATTHEW FLINDERS & GEORGE BASS

Josephine Bastian

published by Australian Scholarly Publications

ISBN  9781925333725

Matthew Flinders and George Bass were two obscure young men from Lincolnshire who arrived in Sydney in 1795 determined to achieve greatness. Flinders wanted to be an explorer ‘second only to Captain Cook’, Bass, another Sir Joseph Banks, and a rich Sydney trader. For eight years these two pursued their destiny. Their voyages changed the map of Australia, and Flinders gave it its name....

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