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Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia . . . In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are. Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of 'felony of sock', and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup. Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us. Not to read it would be un-Australian. 'A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.' John Birmingham

 

Details

ISBN: 9781863956116
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 286
Publication Date: 24 Jul 2013
Publisher: Black Inc.
Publication City, Country: Melbourne, Australia
Dimensions (cm): 23.2(H) x 15.5(L) x 2.2(W)
Weight (gm): 382

 

Reviews

'A sneaky, sometimes shocking peek under the dirty rug of Australian history.' - John Birmingham

 

Author Biography

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Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
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