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A Second Miscellany of Manly by John MacRitchie
Price: Free! Words: 9,900. Language: English. Published: May 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A further collection of quirky historical information about Manly, New South Wales, based on the popular Manly Local Studies blog.
In Search Of A New Zealand National Identity by Justin Cahill
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 Petersens: From Norway to Croydon Bush by Justin Cahill
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.
A Small Qango — Reminiscences of the Home Budgeting Advisory Committee of the Minister of Social Welfare 1978 - 1988 by Dave Mullan
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.
Tatarepo - Ryan Family History by JimRyan15
Price: Free! Words: 8,200. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: February 6, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Family history, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Thought I should jot down a few notes on the Ryan history during when the family farmed at Tatarepo, Bayswater, Southland. It is not trying to be Pulitzer Prize winner stuff and is in no particular chronological order. Obviously there is more information and photos from the later years but thankfully the earlier generations did retain some of the photos from that era.
The Case For Ordinary People In National History: Towards New Narratives Of Australia’s Past by Justin Cahill
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’.
Sydney Under Siege: As It Happened 15 December 2014 by Justin Cahill
Price: Free! Words: 5,380. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and 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.
The Haunts of Adelaide by Allen Tiller
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,310. Language: Australian English. Published: December 1, 2014 by CUSTOM BOOK PUBLICATIONS. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Allen Tiller lifts the veil on ghost stories and reveals the truth behind the myths and tales that so often become urban legend and local folklore. His mission is to research the historical facts of locations, people, places and buildings ‒ from a distinctly paranormal perspective. The Haunts of Adelaide was born…
Our Little Town by Elsie Johnstone
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 124,440. Language: English. Published: November 20, 2014 by G. & E. Johnstone. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
‘Our Little Town’ tells of the life and spirit of a Victorian fishing village through the voices of one family across five generations. Elsie Johnstone has captured the memories of 28 members of a Lakes Entrance clan stemming from William Carstairs, a founder and legendary fisherman. It colourfully re-creates growing up in a town of a few hundred people heavily dependent on the sea for survival.
On The Block - Rocks, Rabbits and Reptiles by Merv McRae
Price: Free! Words: 48,150. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » History » Modern / 20th Century
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.
Bizarre Takings Cases in the United States and Australia by Silas Flint
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,380. Language: English. Published: August 28, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Real estate and property law, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A dispute about who owns garbage? A court case over who gets to operate San Quentin Prison? A fight regarding use of a church pew? Bizarre as these examples sound, each was a real court case in either the United States or Australia, in which the government took private property. In clear, simple language this volume presents some of the quirkier "takings" cases in legal history.
BANABA - Land of hidden wealth by Anton Flude
Price: Free! Words: 3,570. Language: English. Published: August 24, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The chance discovery in 1900 of an enormous quantity of phosphate mineral fertilizer ("guano") lying beneath the tiny Pacific Island of Banaba, was welcomed by the farming community worldwide. It was quickly declared a British possession-the Banaban native chiefs called together to 'lease' their land rights to the company to mine. Banaba was soon to take on the appearance of a rocky moonscape..
Old-time Sealers in New Zealand by Anton Flude
Price: Free! Words: 3,030. Language: English. Published: August 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand(3.00 from 1 review)
A descriptive account and adventure of sealers hunting on the New Zealand coast in early times when fur seals were abundant. The slaughter of thousands of seals for commercial purposes ceased when it was found they were close to extinction. Conservation has seen a revival of the species.on the south island of NZ.
Whaling in early New Zealand by Anton Flude
Price: Free! Words: 2,740. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A short account of the Whaling days in New Zealand. The oil from the blubber of the Whales was a valuable commodity in those days ,where it was used to light oil lamps as well as to lubricate delicate machinery and watches. The introduction of the motor car oil and petrol, gas lamps and electricity caused a gradual decline in its use. New Zealand ceased commercial whaling in 1964..
UTU by Anton Flude
Price: Free! Words: 2,760. Language: English. Published: July 18, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Two hundred and fifty years ago New Zealand and its Maori inhabitants were almost unknown to the European.community. This is a true story of a tragic event that occurred in 1809 when the ship "Boyd' was looted and burned and the carnage which followed..
"But Sir" by Merv McRae
Price: $1.20 USD. Words: 54,490. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » Biography » Cultural heritage
This is the autobiography of Mervyn Alexander McRae, Australian, born 27th November, 1914. The book describes his early life as one of fourteen children, as a young man establishing a farm under very difficult conditions, joining the army and as a prisoner of the Japanese in World War 11. After that terrible ordeal, he became a soldier settler and raised his own family on his own farm.
A Lady's Visit to the Gold Diggings of Australia in 1852-53 (Abridged): An ESL Easy Read by Clare Harris
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 9,950. Language: Australian English. Published: May 26, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Language Instruction » English as a second language, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Twenty-year old Ellen Clacy and her brother travelled from England to the Australian goldfields at the start of the ‘gold rush’ in 1852, when thousands of people from around the world were arriving at the gold ‘diggings’. This is a short, Easy-Read adaptation of Ellen Clacy’s best-selling book.
Letters to Emma: Early Oamaru Through the Eyes of the Sumpter Family by Fiona McPherson
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,340. Language: English (New Zealand dialect). Published: March 4, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand, Nonfiction » History » Family history
Family letters are at the heart of this book, providing a fascinating window into the social and economic life of New Zealand's European settlers, and into life in early Oamaru and Rakaia in particular.