Australian universities have long taught early modern (c.1500–1750) English/British and European history, but with Alexandra Walsham’s recent appointment as the first female to occupy a Cambridge history chair, there are now (with Oxford’s Lyndal Roper) two Melbourne-trained early modernist Oxbridge professors ...... (read more)
Geoffrey Blainey reviews 'The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia' by Bill Gammage
This bold book, with its lucid prose and vivid illustrations, will be discussed for years to come. It is not original in the narrow sense of the word, but it takes an important idea to new heights because of the author’s persistence and skill. Bill Gammage, an oldish and experienced historian of rural background ...... (read more)
An oft-overlooked treasure
The Adelaide Park Lands: A Social History
by Patricia Sumerling
Wakefield Press, $49.95 hb, 302 pp, 9781862549142
Novelist Janette Turner Hospital’s recent essay in praise of New York’s Central Park ...
Delia Falconer’s Sydney, the third in a series from NewSouth in which leading Australian authors write about their hometowns, is like its harbour, brimful with tones, vivid with contemplation ...... (read more)
by Kerryn Goldsworthy
New South, $29.95 hb, 304 pp, 9781742232621
This year is the 175th anniversary of European settlement in South Australia. The University of Adelaide presented a series of public lectures c ...
Antarctica as a climatic bellwether
Antarctica: That Sweep of Savage Splendour
edited by Alasdair McGregor
Viking, $39.95 hb, 352 pp, 9780670074426
On 18 January 1773, less than twenty-four hours after first entering Antarctic waters ...