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Members' Books


The Legacy of Douglas Grant. A Notable Aborigine in War and Peace

 John Ramsland

 Brolga  2019; ISBN  9780987639080

Thirty-year-old Grant survived a massacre in infancy, enlisted in 1916 and fought bravely in Bullecourt I. Wounded and captured, he became inmate-in-charge of the German Crescent Camp for coloured Allies saving many lives. Facing racism on returning home, he was to die, alone in 1951, on Bare Island, La Perouse.

 

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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THE READER’S DIGEST IN SURRY HILLS: THE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A HERITAGE BUILDING – AN ARCHITECT’S STORY

by John James

West Grinstead Publications (Aug 2019)  ISBN 978-0-9757425-5-6.

Seldom does an architect have the opportunity to explain how a heritage building was designed and funded, the role of the client and the importance of the building contractor. In the 1960s it was unusual for an architect to be both developer and financial consultant, arrange the land purchase and bring together one of the biggest lease-back contracts for that time. Though often...

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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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VERITY. A remarkable woman’s journey

Robert Lehane

Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2017  ISBN 9781925588484

Canberra’s population was only about 10,000 when, in 1938, the newly married Verity Fitzhardinge opened Verity Hewitt’s bookshop, for decades a favoured haunt of Canberra booklovers. Verity had come to the fledgling capital as a 21-year-old in 1930 to teach at Telopea Park School (Gough Whitlam was a fondly remembered pupil). In letters to her future husband, Billy Hughes’s biographer Laurie Fitzhardinge, she painted...

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Flying into Danger. The Story of Paul Brickhill RAAF

John Ramsland

Brolga Publishing, Melbourne, 2017

ISBN:  9 781925 367683   (paperback)

Paul Brickhill, a Sydney Sun journalist, had adventurous experiences in the RAAF as a Spitfire pilot. In 1943, he was shot down and became a POW in Stalag Luft III where he secretly gathered stories that became Escape to Danger; five tour-de-force books followed, three were made into memorable films.