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Shooters, Trappers & Poisoners by Michael Bogle
Price: $3.00 USD. Words: 25,310. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Shooters, Trappers & Poisoners explores the world of Australian doggers & rabbiters as they wage war on two of Australia’s most familiar feral animals, dingos, its mixed-breed descendants & the feral rabbit. Beginning in the 19th century, two paths emerge: one is the lucrative industry of selling pelts & carcasses while the other is the practical requirements for eliminating wild dogs and rabbits.
The Family Budgeters — An Account of the Family Budgeting Movement in New Zealand, 1960—1978 by Dave Mullan
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.
A Third Miscellany of Manly by John MacRitchie
Price: Free! Words: 10,360. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A third selection of quirky historical information about Manly, New South Wales, selected from the popular Manly Local Studies blog.
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.
Three Rabbits Alibi by David Coombe
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 64,560. Language: English. Published: March 19, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
A True Story of Murder, Madness & the News in Colonial Melbourne. It's 1850s Australia. A double murder. A locked room. The murderer dying from a gunshot. But the reporter says the scene is near impossible. Herald reporter Edmund Finn said it was "one the most atrocious deeds which darken the pages of colonial history". Reinvestigate the case to find a far more complex story with modern resonance.
Negligent Neighbour: New Zealand's Complicity in the Invasion and Occupation of Timor-Leste by Maire Leadbeater
Price: $4.50 USD. Words: 93,180. Language: English. Published: March 14, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
Negligent Neighbour reveals the previously hidden history of New Zealand’s support for the invasion and occupation of East Timor. From 1975-1999 the people of East Timor lived and died under Indonesia’s colonial yoke. Indonesia relied on western support for both the invasion and occupation of East Timor, but until now New Zealand’s role has been forgotten or mentioned only in passing.
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’.
The Buffalo and Crocodile Hunters of the Northern Territory by Caroline Gaden
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,250. Language: English. Published: December 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The hunters of feral buffalo and wild crocodiles of the Northern Territory of Australia lived a life full of danger. They and their horses galloped over uneven ground at top speed until they were alongside the beast with huge and deadly horns. Deaths to both man and horse were not unknown. This was their 'dry' season occupation. In the 'wet', the men set their sights on the cunning crocodile.
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.
New Zealand Railways by Robin Bromby
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,050. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2014 by Chris O'Byrne. Categories: Nonfiction » Transportation » Railroads / History, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
New Zealand railway builders surmounted many obstacles: the terrain, a sparse and scattered population, two islands separated by an often stormy stretch of water, demands from every small settlement for their own railway line. But build a railway system — and a comprehensive one at that — New Zealand did. This is the story of that railway, from its heyday to the day of reckoning.
True Stories of Early Australia by Richard G Tomkies
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 53,900. Language: Australian English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
The result of much research into a bygone era this book is packed with fascinating stories which have hitherto been lost to time but now complete with old black and white and color photos it brings to life strange and unusual happenings of the period from the late 19th Century to the mid-20th. This book is a “must-read" for those who love well-researched historical non-fiction of early Australia.
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.
My Life in the Ragtrade: An honest snapshot of the golden days of the Australian clothing trade by Fred Wilkinson
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 52,090. Language: English. Published: November 18, 2014 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Industries / fashion & textile industry, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
My Life in the Ragtrade is the story of the famous Australian brand names, many developed from humble beginnings yet made in clothing factories employing thousands of people, and the grand retail stores and clothing shops that stocked those brands. Come, join Fred on a walk down memory lane through Australia's rich textile, fashion and retail history.
Oh! What An Outback Show! by Les Pickering
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 52,330. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2014 by Kylie Reynolds. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » History » Australia & New Zealand
True stories from Outback Australia. Tales of swimming cattle across flooded rivers, dodging saltwater crocodiles, hunting feral pigs, droving trips over wild country, catching scrub bulls, brave and loyal dogs, country racing capers and other mishaps, adventures and misdemeanors of young men in the wild untamed Gulf Country of Australia of not so long ago.