Where His­tory Hap­pened

Australian Geographic - - The List -

Peter Spear­ritt, NLA Pub­lish­ing, $39.99

SUB­TI­TLED The Hid­den Past of Aus­tralia’s Towns and Places, this book is packed with riv­et­ing anec­dotes, from an iconic surf town’s rough and bloody ori­gins as a whal­ing sta­tion to the re­mote desert set­tle­ment that’s home to one of the coun­try’s old­est mosques and is also the site of a land­mark trade union vic­tory. Au­thor Peter Spear­ritt, a his­tory and so­cial sci­ence pro­fes­sor at the Univer­sity of Queens­land, brings the past to life mem­o­rably.

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