Where History Happened
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Do you know which desert town is home to one of the oldest mosques in
Australia and the site of one of the trade union movement's most significant
victories? You might have visited this iconic surfer's paradise, but did you know
Byron Bay was once a rough industrial town, thronging with the sounds and
smells of mineral sand mining, a piggery and a thriving whaling station? Where would you go to experience the great age of steam, to see and hear
functioning locomotives that tell the story of Australia's railways?
Where History Happened reveals the hidden past of some of Australia's
most intriguing towns and places, from mining settlements and remote caves to
monuments and historic houses in our capital cities. The stories that emerge, of remote religious communities, isolated penal
colonies, places of Indigenous incarceration and environmental degradation and
rejuvenation, describe a vast and complex country, with a heritage worth
preserving. The book contains beautiful images from the collections of the National
Library of Australia, including works by renowned photographers Frank Hurley,
Wolfgang Sievers and Peter Dombrovskis, colonial watercolours and sketches,
newspaper cartoons, early black-and-white photographs and bold, colourful
tourism posters from the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.
Author Peter Spearritt developed a taste for exploring Australia on long
family car trips from Melbourne to Brisbane in the 1950s and has visited every
one of the places in this book. An Emeritus Professor at the University of
Queensland and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, Spearritt takes
readers on a unique tour of Australia, revealing along the way a number of
historical sites that you can visit today.
Book details and technical specifications
Format: Paperback / softback
Published: September 2018
Number of pages: 232
Width: 210 mm
Height: 250 mm
Depth: not specified
Publisher: National Library of Australia