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Events and Places-PERTH AND THE SOUTHWEST

THE SOUTHWESTERN CORNER of Australia, inhabited by hunters and gatherers for at least 30 000 years, was known to Europeans from early in the seventeenth century when Dutch traders first made contact with its shallow, sandy shoreline. It attracted little attention until 1826 when the British, in an attempt to secure control over the whole continent, […]

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Events and Places-MURCHISON AND THE EASTERN GOLDFIELDS

The interior of Western Australia is a vast undulating plain from 300 to 600 m above sea level, with higher ranges few and mainly confined to the periphery. There are no permanent rivers and drainage is either inland to a system of dry salt lakes or via the Murchison and Gascoyne rivers to the Indian Ocean. The […]

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Events and Places-THE CENTRAL HIGHLANDS

The Central Highlands of Victoria are the final southwesterly kick of the Great Dividing Range of eastern Australia. Eroded to a moderate height, the range runs east to west, separating but containing large slices of the western basalt and northern alluvial plains. To the south the rainfall is higher and the soil richer, particularly in the east where […]

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Events and Places-THE NORTHERN REGION

THIS REGION INCLUDES three disparate strips of coastline. All were mapped by Matthew Flinders in 1802 during his survey of sections of the southern Australian coast until then largely unknown. From the head of Spencer Gulf he named Mount Brown and Mount Arden in a ‘rugged chain of mountains’ subsequently named the Flin­ders Ranges. The first […]

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Event and places-THE CENTRAL COAST

Ludwig Leichhardt on his expedition to Port Essington in 1844-45 provided, in his own words, ‘a peep behind the curtain’ into the Central Coast region of Queensland. Within the region he named the Dawson, Comet, Mackenzie and Isaac rivers, the Peak Downs and other geographical features . Early in 1847 his second expedition reached the Peak […]

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Event and places-BRISBANE AND THE SOUTHEAST

Effective European occupation of the Moreton-Wide Bay region began in 1824. It is possible that Portuguese navigators sailed along the coast of southeast Queens­land in the sixteenth century, but if so they made no impact on the land. Captain James Cook in 1770 sailed along this coastline, naming features such as Cape Moreton, Wide Bay and the […]

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Event and places- DARWIN AND THE NORTH COAST

Climate is the main unifying feature of this region. It has shaped the landscape; it has dictated, to a high degree, the pattern of land use outside Darwin; and even Darwin owes much of its regional dominance to the lack of competition resulting from a natural environment that presents a severe challenge to a European-based civilisation. […]

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Event and places-ALICE SPRINGS AND THE CENTRE

The red macdonnell ranges surround Alice Springs and are in turn surrounded by the sand plains, sandhills and gibber plains of central Australia’s deserts. The deserts are unlike most other world deserts in that they are largely covered withwell-adapted vegetation. Annual rainfall at Alice Springs ranges from 60 mm to 900 mm, while temperatures can […]

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Event and places-THE SYDNEY REGION

CAPTAIN JAMES COOK anchored in Botany Bay for just over a week in April and May of 1770.His crew were the first Europeans positively known to have set foot in New South Wales.Sailing north he noticed the entrance to Port Jackson, but did not stop to explore within the headlands. In 1786 the British government agreed […]

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Events and Places -THE RIVERINA

THE RIVERINA is a state of mind. If an individual claims to live in the Riverina, then he or she lives in the Riverina. Our map is only one of many possible versions. Our Riverina begins on the Southwest Slopes and the alpine shoulders east of Coota­mundra, Gundagai, Tumut and Tumbarumba. At Wagga Wagga it […]

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Events and Places -NEW ENGLAND AND THE NORTHWEST SLOPES

New  England is the northern inland region of New South Wales bordering southern Queensland, straddling the Great Dividing Range and sloping westwards to the plains as far as the Barwon River. Its geographical character is widely varied with diverse topography, including some of Australia’s highest mountain peaks rising above its eastern plateau, which averages 1000-1200 metres above […]

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Events and Places -THE HUNTER VALLEY AND NORTH COAST

The Hunter  Valley marks the beginning of a distinctive coastal area that extends north to the Queensland border; it has a character different from that of the coast­lands to the south. The Hunter is the first of a series of valleys which have much incommon: headwaters that rise in tableland scarps, alluvial flats that in their […]

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II – SPORT

CRICKET AUSTRALIA v ENGLAND  SEASON VENUE  AUST  ENG DRAW AUST CAPTAIN   1876-77 Aust 1 1 — D. Gregory  1878-79 Aust 1 — — D. Gregory  1880 Eng — 1 — W. Murdoch  1881-82 Aust 2 — 2 W. Murdoch  1882 Eng 1 — — W. Murdoch  1882-83 Aust 2 2 — W. Murdoch  1884 Eng […]

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Historical Dictionary – T

TASMAN, Abel Janszoon (1603?-59), seaman, was born in the Netherlands in about 1603. In 1633 Tas­ man sailed for Batavia as an able seaman, but by May 1634 he was commanding a Dutch East India Co trading vessel. He was appointed second-in-command of an exploratory expedition to the north Pacific in 1639. In 1642 the […]

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CHAPTER 53- ARCHITECTURE

DAVID SAUNDERS The literature on architecture  in Australia  is largely a  collection  of books illustrating  and documenting   old   buildings   and   historic   places. This  kind   of  publishing   has  enjoyed  a phenomenal growth over the past twenty years and it is now possible, in a way which earlier was quite out of the question, to become informed […]

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CHAPTER 52-THE PERFORMING ARTS

PAUL BENTLEY Performing art is a term  which embraces a variety  of entertainment  forms. This chapter deals  with  legitimate  and  vaudeville  theatre,  dance,  puppetry,  circus  and  film.  Popular culture, encompassing many areas of entertainment  and leisure, is also covered generally in this chapter,  while  more  specific  aspects  of the  topic,  as well  as introductions  to  radio, […]

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CHAPTER 51-MUSIC

JOHN HORACEK The literature  on music, both overseas and in Australia, tends to be historical or biographical, and  to focus as much on the interpreter  as on the composer. Indeed, Australia  has not  yet produced a composer whose fame equals that of some performers and consequently more has been written about, for example, Melba and […]

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CHAPTER 50-THE VISUAL ARTS

TERRY SMITH Who could have failed to notice the colourful explosion of art publications in recent years? Our bookshops and libraries seem to burst with books on Australian art Indeed, if we broaden our view of art to include photography, the crafts and other forms of visual culture, we can see that it is also the […]

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CHAPTER 49- ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE

ALAN LAWSON, D. BLAIR AND MARCIE MUIR Some years ago the Australian poet Judith Wright edited an anthology of Australian poems under the title New land, new language (OUP, 1957). The contrast between this title and that given by the historian A.H. Chisholm to his account of the adventures of that eccentric explorer, Ludwig Leichhardt,  well […]

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CHAPTER 48-SPORT AND LEISURE

VICTOR CRITTENDEN, G. PEGUERO AND CAROL M. MILLS SPORT The Macquare dictionary defines sport as ‘a diversion, recreation, pleasant pastime’ as well as ‘a meeting for athletic competition’ while leisure is defined as ‘having one’s time free from the demands of work or duty’. Many people’s leisure time is fully occupied by watching or participating in sport. […]

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