By Carol Baxter
It was once the most important financial institution theft in Australian background. On Sunday 14 September 1828, thieves tunnelled via a sewage drain into the vault of Sydney's financial institution of Australia and stole 14 000 in notes and funds - the an identical of $20 million in modern-day forex. This audacious staff of convicts not just defied the weekly exhortation 'thou shalt no longer steal!', they exact the financial institution owned by means of the colony's self-anointed the Aristocracy.
Delighted at this affront to their betters, Sydney's principally felony and ex-criminal inhabitants did all they can to undermine the specialists' makes an attempt to trap the robbers and retrieve the spoils. whereas the determined financial institution administrators provided more and more huge rewards and the govt. officials forged longing appears on the gallows, the robbers endured to elude detection. Then sooner or later .
With a wealthy solid of characters who refused to abase themselves to the institution, this meticulously researched and fast moving historical past tells the tale of the bold financial institution of Australia theft and of the scheming robbers, grasping receivers and unlucky suspects whose lives have been irrevocably replaced through this outrageous crime.
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'. a piece that captures the reader. . . a great instance of ways an excellent tale can light up the past.' - affiliate Professor Gregory Melleuish, Australian Literary Review
'. [told] with a good eye for the complicated motivations, either political and private, of characters [Baxter] paints a shiny photograph of Jane New's world.' - Dr Kirsten McKenzie, Sydney Morning Herald
'. [a] vibrant social history.' Canberra Times
By Martin Lyons
Australia's historical past: issues and Debates provides an updated account of matters and debates in Australian background. Written for college students and readers who will not be acquainted with Australian background, this brief quantity bargains a compelling advent to the present nation of data and problems with drawback to Australian historians this day.
A staff of top individuals take on significant subject matters on the topic of Aboriginal heritage, Australian nationwide id, immigration, urbanization, and Australia's ancient relationships with Asia. they give a synthesis of present paintings and their very own unique examine that demanding situations winning myths. the result's a succinct appraisal of the interesting and topical concerns that tell Australian history-writing now.
By Harry Liebersohn
In a superbly crafted narrative that transports the reader from the salons of Europe to the shorelines of Tahiti, Harry Liebersohn examines the transformation of world wisdom throughout the nice age of medical exploration. He strikes past the normal concentrate on British and French tourists to incorporate Germans, Russians, and a few americans, in addition to the Tahitian, Hawaiian, and different Pacific islanders they encountered. Germany will get distinct cognizance simply because its tourists epitomized the era’s cosmopolitanism and its philosophers engaged such a lot absolutely in a multicultural realizing of humanity. recognized adventurers like Captain cook dinner make appearances, yet it’s the observations of such naturalists as Philibert Commerson, George Forster, and Adelbert von Chamisso that helped such a lot to generate a brand new figuring out of those far-flung societies. those eu tourists observed non-Europeans neither as “savages” nor as projections of colonial fantasies. as a substitute the explorers accrued a wealthy storehouse of perceptions via negotiations with consumers at domestic, collaborators in a foreign country, salon philosophers, and missionary competitors. Liebersohn illuminates the transformative nature of human connections. He examines the expectancies those servants of empire dropped at the peoples they encountered, and recognizes the results of Oceanian behaviors, together with unforeseen notions of sexuality, at the Europeans. both very important, he info the reception of those tourists upon their go back domestic. An unforgettable voyage choked with pleasant characters, dramatic encounters, and wealthy cultural info, The tourists’ international heralds a second of highbrow practise for the trendy worldwide period. We now shuttle without problems to foreign places, however the questions on notion, fact, and data that those intercontinental mediators confronted nonetheless resonate. (20061201)
By Anna Johnston
In 1832 Rev. Lancelot Threlkeld was once named as one of many perpetual blisters that the London Missionary Society appeared destined to hold. Threlkeld lobbied his strategy to NSW to establish the Lake Macquarie project in colonial NSW. This clever e-book delves into the various and voluminous physique of texts produced by means of and approximately Threlkeld from 1825-41.
By Rainer F. Buschmann
Anthropologists and global historians make unusual bedfellows. even supposing the latter usually hire anthropological equipment of their descriptions of cross-cultural exchanges, the previous have raised immense reservations approximately worldwide techniques to background. Fearing lack of specificity, anthropologists item to the effacing characteristics of concepts hired via global historians--this even though anthropology itself used to be a world, comparative firm within the 19th century. Rainer Buschmann right here seeks to recuperate a few of anthropology's worldwide style via viewing its heritage in Oceania during the inspiration of the ethnographic frontier--the furthermost limits of the anthropologically identified areas of the Pacific. The colony of German New Guinea (1884-1914) offers a great instance of simply the sort of touch sector. Colonial directors there have been interested in techniques in part encouraged through anthropology. Anthropologists and museum officers exploited this curiosity by way of getting ready large-scale expeditions to German New Guinea. Buschmann explores the ensuing interactions among German colonial officers, resident ethnographic creditors, and indigenous peoples, arguing that each one have been instrumental within the formation of anthropological idea. He indicates how adjustments in gathering goals and techniques helped shift ethnographic research clear of its specialize in fabric artifacts to a broader attention of indigenous tradition. He additionally indicates how ethnological amassing, frequently a aggressive affair, might develop into politicized and fix to nationwide matters. eventually, he locations the German event within the broader context of Euro-American anthropology. Anthropology's worldwide Histories will curiosity scholars and students of anthropology, heritage, international historical past, and Pacific experiences.
By Robin Adair
1828: Sydney is a urban outfitted at the backs of exiled convicts. yet in a colony of criminals, how do you cut down the record of suspects while a assassin is at the rampage?
Nicodemus Dunne was once a London policeman. After being deported on trumped up fees of attack, he now makes his dwelling in New South Wales as a operating patterer, spreading the inside track of the day by way of be aware of mouth. faced with a chain of grotesque and horribly creative murders, the governor seeks out Dunne for his investigative abilities and his skill to infiltrate all degrees of society.
With every one mutilated physique, the assassin has left clues for Dunne to decipher. Can he placed the items of the puzzle jointly and seize his elusive quarry with out turning into prey himself?