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Australia and South Pacific Bibliography

copyright 1999 by Historical Novelists Center


Clark, Manning

Manning Clark's History of Australia ****
Chatto; 572 pgs
Covers from 1788 through the 1930's, giving an excellent grounding that is far from superficial. Very readable. T1

Hughes, Robert

The Fatal Shore: A History of the Transportation of Convicts to Australia, 1787-1868 *****!
The British were terribly put out after the American colonies freed themselves; they actually refused to accept England's transported criminals anymore! So the newly discovered Antipodes was drafted into service as a punishment crueler yet, an overseas prison camp with no fate after one's term was served but to become a forced colonist in a raw and hostile land. A classic. T2

Ingraham, Holly

People's Names: A Cross-cultural Reference Guide to the Proper Use of Over 40,000 Personal and Familial Names in Over 100 Cultures *****!
McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, Jefferson, NC; 1997; 613 pgs, index, select annotated bibliography
Extremely useful because it clusters modern names derived from the British Isles, whence most Aussies. Personal and family names aplenty. Don't miss the Victorian chapter in the historical half. T1

Nile, Richard, and Christian Clark

Cultural Atlas of Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific *****!
Facts on File, 240 pg
Another boringly superlative job by this series. No, actually it's a very interesting book -- there's just nothing about which to be cleverly snide. If you're working in this area, get it -- it's an excellent introductory history, as well. T1

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