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 ...

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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 ...

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Patricia Sumerling: The Adelaide Park Lands

Bernard Whimpress
Tuesday, 25 October 2011

An oft-overlooked treasure

Bernard Whimpress


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 ...

Rhyll McMaster reviews 'Sydney' by Delia Falconer

Rhyll McMaster
Wednesday, 12 October 2011

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 ...

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Kerryn Goldsworthy: Adelaide

Gay Bilson
Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Don’s conundrum

Gay Bilson


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 ...

Alasdair McGregor (ed.): Antarctica

James Bradley
Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Antarctica as a climatic bellwether

James Bradley


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 ...