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The Family That Went To War
Price: Free! Words: 21,030. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » History » Family history
In 1914 Australia joined England and declared war on Germany and it's allies. In the small New South Wales town of Cootamundra 6 young Australians, all from the same family, individually joined the fight. Only 3 returned. This is the saga of their conflict.
The Petersens: From Norway to Croydon Bush
Price: Free! Words: 24,290. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » History » Social history
This is a memoir of the Petersens, one of the first families to settle at Croydon Bush, a farming district near Gore in Southland. Full of tales of Sydney convicts, Māori princesses and Norwegian whalers who jumped ship, their story is typical of the many thousands of settlers who came to New Zealand. It tells how ordinary people built a new community – and a new nation.
Te Kooti’s Slow-Cooking Earth Oven Prophecy: A Patuheuheu Account and a New Transformative Leadership Theory
Price: Free! Words: 40,380. Language: English. Published: September 26, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
This book explores a prophecy gifted by the Māori prophet Te Kooti in 1886 and presents a new transformative leadership theory based on this prophecy.
On The Block - Rocks, Rabbits and Reptiles
Price: Free! Words: 48,150. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
(4.00 from 1 review)
This is a history of post WW2 Soldier Settlement in the Western District of Victoria, Australia. It is told by the people who lived it.
A Small Qango — Reminiscences of the Home Budgeting Advisory Committee of the Minister of Social Welfare 1978 - 1988
Price: Free! Words: 28,510. Language: English. Published: April 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal finance / money management
The Home Budgeting Advisory Committee exercised initiatives that were unprecedented for “Quasi Autonomous Government Organisations”. In ten years of committee meetings and gatherings it prompted a shift in the attitude of government to the expenses of volunteer organisations. Its legacy is seen in $407m of household debt now being managed by family budgeting groups.
Children of Arnhem's Kaleidoscope
Price: Free! Words: 141,760. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
(4.67 from 3 reviews)
It was hot. There was sudden stillness in the late afternoon air and the surface of the small waterhole shone with unnatural smoothness. Fresh pig tracks at water's edge suggested pigs just gone. Two bubbles popped to the surface near the edge of the pool; just decaying vegetation, said my mind. I should have smelt crocodile! A story of a missionary family in remote aboriginal Australia.
The Family Budgeters — An Account of the Family Budgeting Movement in New Zealand, 1960—1978
Price: Free! Words: 38,490. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: October 5, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The organisation that now offers household budgeting help throughout NZ receives substantial government funding. It was not always so. This is the story of two decades when family budgeting was done mostly by volunteers. Expenses were seldom met, paid coordinators were usually only a dream, procedures were sometimes inconsistent; the demand insatiable. Dedicated volunteers were up to the task.
NZ: From Post-Dominion to Global Player (1968-1990)
Price: Free! Words: 49,490. Language: English. Published: February 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » History
This is a social, economic and political history of New Zealand from the years 1968 to 1990. It commences with the sinking of the Wahine at the entrance to Wellington Harbour, and concludes with the disastrous Sesquicentennial. These were some of the country's most important years from a perspective of rapidly changing cultural values and politics, and painted a path for the new millennium.
Resumed in Protest: the Human Cost of Roads
Price: Free! Words: 20,400. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Transportation » Transportation planning
This story is a blueprint – a written documentary and tangible map of a grassroots activist community initiative of people versus the machine. It documents the reckless and sad destruction of a community, and serves as testament to the impact of poor planning and decision making.
Hockle Back
Price: Free! Words: 41,690. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
An Antipodean Morris Story. Morris Dancing in Queensland, Australia from the 1970s.
Sydney Under Siege: As It Happened 15 December 2014
Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Terrorism, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
I work in the building next to the Lindt Café. Shortly after news of the Siege broke, I found myself locked out. Gradually, I realised my usual day had been pulled out from under me. For the first time, I had become a witness to history. This is my account of the day terrorism returned to Sydney. It is based partly on contemporaneous notes I scribbled on the day.
No Road Out: Yarrabah Mission
Price: Free! Words: 25,760. Language: Australian English. Published: May 15, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Social Science » Black studies (global)
Yarrabah Mission was a dumping ground for Aboriginal people—especially half-caste children and women—forced from their homes by state police, who were appointed as their protectors. From its establishment in 1892, to its takeover by the Queensland Government in 1960, Yarrabah mission was a place of no return, with no way out and absolute control exercised over every aspect of an inmate's life.
“We’ll Fight ‘Em To The finish !” The Battle For Nannygoat Hill: Australia’s First Campaign To Save Urban Bushland
Price: Free! Words: 4,380. Language: English. Published: May 11, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Politics & Current Affairs » Environmental politics
Nannygoat Hill stands in the Wolli Valley, about 10km from Sydney’s central business district. One of the few surviving remnants of the City’s natural environment, it supports many native plants and animals. In 1967, Brambles Industrial Services planned to quarry the Hill and use it as road fill. What followed was Australia’s earliest known campaigns to save urban bushland.
In Search Of A New Zealand National Identity
Price: Free! Words: 6,060. Language: English. Published: April 28, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Social Science » Sociology
This is an introduction to whether there is a distinctive New Zealand national identity and, if so, what prompted its development, what sustains it and whether it has changed character over time.
The Case For Ordinary People In National History: Towards New Narratives Of Australia’s Past
Price: Free! Words: 12,720. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Epistemology
The settlement of Australia and New Zealand were among the most ambitions experiments in social engineering ever attempted. But the hundreds of thousands of ordinary people who made it happen are often absent from the standard histories. This is my case for including ordinary people in national history throught an emerging genre of history known as the ‘new history from below’.
Mapoon under the Moravians 1891-1919
Price: Free! Words: 54,860. Language: Australian English. Published: February 28, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Founded in 1891 to stop Aboriginal people being kidnapped, and burned to the ground in 1963, this is the sorry story of Mapoon Mission. Established by the Moravians, an evangelical sect from Europe with a reputation for working in isolated places in a difficult climate, this is the story of the first 3 decades of Mapoon under the Moravian
Anzac & Lone Pine Revisited - 1975
Price: Free! Words: 9,090. Language: Australian English. Published: December 7, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
This is the record of my personal pilgrimage to Anzac Cove in May 1975. There were no tour buses, no official maps and the Australian Government was actively discouraging its citizens from visiting the area because of the tense political situation between Greece and Turkey. I went anyway.
John Laurie and the Rum Hospital
Price: Free! Words: 4,900. Language: English. Published: July 14, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Biography » Business biography
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is a short account of John Laurie, the clerk of works to the merchant-contractors who built Sydney’s 'Rum Hospital'. Transported for larceny, Laurie became a wealthy trader only to lose his fortune, become embroiled in a constitutional crisis, find himself transported to Moreton Bay and re-establish himself in New Zealand.
Blue on Grey: A Memoir of St Mary’s School, Gore
Price: Free! Words: 8,470. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
St Mary’s is a Catholic primary school in Gore, Southland, New Zealand. This year marks the 125th anniversary of its founding. I went there from 1979 to 1983, when my family left Gore for the bright lights of Sydney. This memoir of my St Mary's days is dedicated to my teacher Mrs E.O. Archer, who helped spark my interest in natural history and social science.
A Miscellany of Manly
Price: Free! Words: 9,580. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A first collection of quirky historical inforamtion about Manly, New South Wales, based on teh popular Manly Local Studies blog.

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