In 1970, at the age of twenty-seven, Alan Frost joined the English Department of La Trobe University. His first love had been the study of poetry, for which he earned an MA at the University of Queensland. That led to a PhD at the University of Rochester, where he wrote on ‘James Cook and the Early Romantic Imagination’. A controversy then raging in Australian history fired Frost’s own romantic imagination, because of its links to Cook’s voyages.
Norman Etherington reviews 'Botany Bay: The Real Story' by Alan Frost
Bay: The Real Story
by Alan Frost
Black Inc., $32.95 pb, 289 pp, 9781863955126
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Norman Etherington was educated at Yale University and came to Australia as a lecturer in history at the University of Adelaide in 1968. He is a past president of the Australian Historical Association and Emeritus Professor of History at the University of Western Australia, and continues to write on British Imperial and African History. His recent publications include Missions and Empire (Oxford University Press, 2007), Mapping Colonial Conquest: Australia and Southern Africa (UWA Publishing, 2007), and articles for the American Historical Review and the Journal of African History.
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