Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'A History of South Australia' by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'A History of South Australia' by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster

A History of South Australia

by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster

Cambridge University Press, 39.95 pb, 319 pp, 9781107623651

The first volume in this series, Beverley Kingston’s A History of New South Wales, was published in 2006. Since then another five have appeared, including a book on Tasmania by Henry Reynolds and another on Victoria by Geoffrey Blainey. Cambridge University Press may be proceeding with its ‘History of Australian States’ series at a leisurely pace, but it has secured some leading lights among Australian historians to write it.

This history of South Australia, the sixth in the series, has been co-written by two colleagues in the University of Adelaide’s Department of History. Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster have complementary areas of expertise: Sendziuk’s work has been in the history of twentieth-century Australia with a focus on immigration, disease, and public health, while Foster has published extensively on South Australia’s Indigenous history.

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Published in April 2019, no. 410
Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy

Kerryn Goldsworthy won the 2013 Pascall Prize for cultural criticism, and the 2017 Horne Prize for her essay ‘The Limit of the World’. A former Editor of ABR (1986–87), she is one of Australia’s most prolific and respected literary critics. Her publications include several anthologies, a critical study of Helen Garner, and her book Adelaide, which was shortlisted for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award. In November 2012 she was named as the inaugural ABR Ian Potter Foundation Fellow. Her Fellowship article on reviewing, ‘Everyone’s a Critic’, appeared in the May 2013 issue of ABR.

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