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Inside The Rocks: The Archaeology of a Neighbourhood by Grace Karskens. Published by Hale and Iremonger. ISBN 0868066664. Recommended retail price $27, our price $23.

Based upon the internationally renowned Cumberland/Gloucester Streets archaeological excavation, this book takes us inside the everyday life of Sydney’s historic Rocks area over the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The author focuses on human experience, exploring social, community, family and personal life at the intimate level made possible by the ‘buried treasure’ from the site, combined with oral and family history, and set within the broader sweep of nineteenth-century social history.

The story begins with glimpses of Aboriginal occupation and interaction with the first Europeans and then looks closely at subsequent periods, from convict society to the culture of tradespeople and laboring families who occupied the close-packed houses during the nineteenth century. It is a story which reflects the remarkable transformation of Sydney from a pre-industrial town to one of the largest cities in the world. Maps and photographs complement this fascinating narrative about Rocks people, their houses and possessions, and the neighborhood they created. Soft cover, 248 pages.


Islands of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef by Hugh Finlay, Mark Armstrong and Tony Wheeler. Recommended retail price $14.95, our price $14.

The Great Barrier Reef is often a high point for people visiting Australia. This Lonely Planet Guide provides everything you could possibly want to know about where to visit and what to do. Unlike some Lonely Planet guides this one has excellent coverage of natural history and has a color section on marine life. Highly recommended. Soft cover, 249 pages.


Magnificent Australia by Robert Coupe. Published by New Holland Publishers. ISBN 1864362219. Recommended retail price $49.95.

Extreme landscapes, unusual fauna and flora and a multicultural population are all factors that contribute to the allure of Australia - the world's smallest continent and its largest island. From the vast interior, or 'red centre', with its harsh desertscapes and ancient, spiritually significant landforms to the treacherous Victorian coastline, weathered by the relentless fury o the Southern Ocean into dramatically carved cliffs and rocky outcrops, Australia is a land on a grand scale painted in an extravagant array of colors.

Truly a place of striking contrasts, Australia embraces images as diverse as the snow-capped peaks of the Snowy Mountains; the verdant rainforests of north Queensland; the golden wheat fields of the Darling Downs; the busy cosmopolitan cities that cling to the coastline; the blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef; and the sparsely populated isolation of the outback. Magnificent Australia captures the diversity and majestic beauty of this immense land, bringing it to life in a series of thematically arranged chapters that are lavishly illustrated with 250 photographs.

Robert Coupe worked for many years as a school teacher before he began a successful career in publishing in 1973. Since then Robert has been involved in numerous areas of the book publishing industry as editor, publisher, freelance consultant and as author and co-author of more than a dozen books on subjects that range from Australian history to natural history and current social issues. In collaboration with his wife, he has written several textbooks that are used widely in secondary schools throughout Australia. Hard cover, 160 pages. Published in 2000.


Melbourne by Mark Armstrong. Recommended retail price $12.95, our price $12.

There is a constant battle between Melbourne and Sydney for the title of Australia’s premier city. This elegant Lonely Planet City Guide stakes Melbourne’s claim without ever intending to. Author Mark Armstrong was born and raised in Melbourne but has traveled sufficiently to provide maturity and perspective to his views. Melbourne packs a lot into a slim volume, including full color detailed maps of the city and its environs. Soft cover, 293 pages.


Melbourne, Insight Guide. Published by Insight Guides. ISBN 1-58573-003-3. Recommended retail price $22.95.

Insight Guide: Melbourne provides everything you'll ever need in a single guidebook. It is an inspiring background read, an invaluable on-the-spot companion and a superb souvenir of your visit.

Included are detailed, cross-referenced maps with all sites clearly highlighted and numbered in relation to the text. Full listings of travel details, restaurants and phone numbers make it easy to get around. Soft cover, 297 pages. Published in 2000.


Melbourne, Insight Pocket Guides by Cameron Duffy. Published by Insight Guides. ISBN 0-88729-118-X. Recommended retail price $12.95.

This Insight Pocket Guide includes a pullout map of Melbourne. It is the guide that answers the questions you'd ask a friend who lived in Melbourne. Which places are really worth seeing? What excursions shouldn't be missed? Where are the great places tourists haven't yet discovered? Written by a local host, it is based on intimate knowledge of the city and the surrounding area. Everything you need is in this pocket guide.

¨ History and Culture
¨ Tailor-made itineraries
¨ Selected Excursions
¨ Shopping, eating out and nightlife
¨ Essential practical information
¨ Detailed pull-out map

Soft cover, 96 pages. Published in 2000.


Melbourne, The Pocket Guidebook to, by Stephen Townshend. Published by Little Hills Press. ISBN 1-863150900.

As the name suggests, a pocket guide. This highly useful little book provides good information on:


¨ Where to Stay
¨ What to Take
¨ How to Get Around
¨ Where to Dine
¨ Where to Play
¨ What to See

Maps are included to aid in orientation and all sight-seeing attractions are laid out on logical touring order. Soft cover, 129 pages. Published in 1997.


Northern Territory by David Andrew and Hugh Finlay. Recommended retail price $16.95, our price $16.

Australia’s Northern Territory still has a frontier feel about it. Crocodiles and sharks roam the rivers and aboriginal culture is prominent. For many folk Northern Territory is Ayers Rock (Uluru) but the territory has much much, more to offer. I am totally besotted by Kakadu National Park so was pleased to see the excellent coverage this volume offers of this and other National Parks. Recommended. Soft cover, 335 pages.


North Shore Walks by Joan Lawrence. Published by Hale and Iremonger. Recommended retail price $ 7.

Because the North Shore now seems such a modern place, residents and visitors are often unaware of its rich history and the characters that lived there. But for the curious, Warungarea, ‘the other side’, has some fascinating stories to tell about its Aboriginal prehistory, the early timber cutters, and of sly distilleries operating deep in the bush.

Let Joan Lawrence take you on a leisurely tour of the lower North Shore. Armed with maps, an historical time-line and background history, discover Admiralty House, Billy Blue’s Cottage, Nutcote, Innisfallen Castle, and other historic sights around North Sydney, Crows Nest, Lavender Bay, and through to Cremorne and Mosman. For the less energetic or more far-ranging, Joan also includes a car tour of the upper North Shore. Soft cover, 170 pages.

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