Members' Books 8 ­ ISAA

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Members' Books


The Great Australian Novel - A Panorama by Jean-Fran├žois Vernay

ISBN: 978-1-9215963-9-1 Brolga Publishing, Melbourne, 2010.

Readers enjoy a cinematic experience as they read about the history of the Australian novel and learn how fiction can present the country, its people and ideas. Included is the importance of women writers, contributions by non-Anglophone authors, Aboriginality and the most recent trends in contemporary fiction.

The Rainbow Beach Man. The Life and Times of Les Ridgeway Worimi Elder

ISBN: 978-1-921221-92-7 Brolga Publishing, Melbourne, 2009.

The story of Les Ridgeway and his struggles against adversity. Les grew up in Purfleet Aboriginal Reserve, became a farm labourer, industrial worker and coalminer. From 1961, he was appointed manager of several Aboriginal Stations and Reserves before being recruited by Charles Perkins into the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs.

Cook's Hill Life Saving & Surf Club. The First Hundred Years

ISBN: 978-1-921596-64-3 Brolga Publishing, Melbourne, 2011.

The drama of this story comes from numerous sources and eye-witness accounts of events such as ferocious shark attacks, surf rescues in difficult and dangerous conditions and competitive achievements of a world pioneering surf club in the Newcastle district. Profusely illustrated.

From Antarctica to the Gold Rushes in the wake of the Erebus

ISBN: 978-9215969-2-6 Brolga Publishing, Melbourne, 2011.

The story of Alexander Smith (1812-1872) of the British Navy who survived shipwreck, sailed the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific Oceans and finally served gallantly on Captain James Clark Ross' famed Antarctic Expediction. He was later appointed a well-respected Goldfields Commissioner in Castlemaine during the 1850s Victorian goldrushes.

 

Remembering Aboriginal Heroes. Struggle, Identity and the Media

ISBN: 978-1-922036-56-8 Brolga Publishing, Melbourne, 2012 (second edition).

A multi-biographical study of prominent Aboriginal figures: Albert Namatjira, Harold Blair, Robert Tudawali, Ngarlla Kunoth, Reg Saunders, Harry Penrith, Jimmy Little, Georgia Lee, Dave Sands, David Gulpilil, Tracy Moffat and several others. The book offers an understanding of the resilient Aboriginal culture and its vital place in Australian history.

Venturing into No Man's Land: The Charmed Life of Joseph Maxwell VC World War 1 Hero

ISBN: 978-1-922036-63-6 Brolga Publishin, Melbourne, 2012

A boigraphy of Joseph Maxwell VC, MC & Bar, DCM, who was raised in the Hunter coalfields before enlisting in the 18th Battalion, AIF. The study reveals how he dealt with the harrowing experiences of Gallipoli and the Western Front during and after the war.