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Three comprehensive titles about Sydney's European Settlement. 

Sailor Mercenary Governor Spy- Australians know Arthur Phillip as the first Governor of the colony of New South Wales. But few know the real story of this mercurial man. Arthur Phillip was a career soldier, a mercenary and a spy for the British Empire long before he captained the First Fleet and founded Sydney. Phillip is revealed to have undertaken secret missions for the Admiralty throughout his career and perhaps was among the first to be a part of the Secret Service. And finally it is revealed that the establishment of the colonies in New South Wales were an extension of Phillips work for England. A trusted and strategic thinker who would make sure that England ruled the waves.

Michael Pembroke
Published June 2014
Paperback    304 Pages
235mm x 154mm
ISBN 9781742708058

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia . . .
In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.

Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of 'felony of sock', and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia.  It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup.

David Hunt
Published July 2013
Paperback   286 Pages
156mm x 232mm
ISBN 9781863956116

CONVICTS: Transportation & Australia.

The transportation of prisoners to Australia is one of the most vexed issues of the nation's history. Convict lives formed the early cultural landscape of the Australian colony; much of Australia's early economic success was the result of their labour. Convicts explores some of the issues surrounding the banishment of thousands of convict men, women and children to Australia.

Convicts provides discussion and documentation for many transportation-era topics such as convict labour and skills, the diet of prisoners, the British military's role in the penal settlement, the activities of the so-called Female Factory system, the difficulties of forming a family under the convict system and the bitter struggle to bring convict transportation to Australia to a conclusion. 

Michael Bogle
Published December 2008
Paperback   128 Pages
210mm x 152mm
ISBN 9781876991302


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