Black Kettle and Full Moon

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Penguin Group Australia, Sep 1, 2004 - History - 492 pages
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In the bestselling Black Kettle and Full Moon, master storyteller Geoffrey Blainey takes us on another absorbing journey – a guided tour of a vanished Australia. Covering the years from the first gold rush to World War I. Blainey paints a fascinating picture of how our forebears lived – in the outback, in towns and cities, at sea and on land. He looks at all aspects of daily life, from billycans to brass bands, from ice-making to etiquette, from pipes to pubs. The engaging text is further brought alive by an evocative selection of contemporary illustrations by artists such as Julian Ashton.

This is Geoffrey Blainey doing what he does best bringing to life for the modern reader the sighs and sounds and smells of another time.

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Review: Black Kettle And Full Moon: Daily Life In A Vanished Australia

User Review  - Robin - Goodreads

Less a history and more a compendium of trivia. The illustrations are phenomenal and there are more details of daily life than you can shake a billy at, but it's a bizarrely dry and impersonal tract ... Read full review

Review: Black Kettle And Full Moon: Daily Life In A Vanished Australia

User Review  - Lisa - Goodreads

A readable and real history of domestic Australian life. As the title says- a vanished Australia. It's an interesting and thought-provoking book. If you are interested in how everyday people used to live, this is a great read. Read full review

About the author (2004)

Geoffrey Blainey is one of Australia's most significant and popular historians. He has written some 36 full-length books including The Tyranny of Distance, Triumph of the Nomads, Black Kettle and Full Moon, A Short History of the 20th Century, Sea of Dangers and the best-selling A Short History of the World. Professor Blainey held chairs in economic history and then in plain history at the University of Melbourne for 21 years. He was a delegate to the 1998 Constitutional Convention and also chaired various Commonwealth government bodies, including the Australia Council, the Literature Board, the Australia-China Council, and the National Council for the Centenary of Federation. He is one of the few Australians whose biography appears in Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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