1835: The Founding Of Melbourne & The Conquest Of Australia
by James Boyce
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With the founding of Melbourne in 1835, a flood of settlers began spreading out across the Australian continent. In three years more land and more people were conquered than in the preceding fifty.In 1835 James Boyce brings this pivotal moment to life. He traces the power plays in Hobart, Sydney and London, and describes the key personalities of Melbournes early days. He conjures up the Australian frontier its complexity, its rawness and the way its legacy is still with us today. And he asks the poignant question largely ignored for 175 years: could it have been different?With his first book, Van Diemens Land, Boyce introduced an utterly fresh approach to the nations history. In re-imagining Australias past, Richard Flanagan wrote, it invents a new future. 1835 continues this untold story.Anyone who calls Melbourne home in fact anyone who calls Australia home should read this book. Peter MaresA first-class piece of historical writing. Boyce is a graceful and robust stylist and a fine storyteller. The Sunday AgeBoyce continually reminds us of the tragic social and humanitarian consequences of expanding white settlement for the continents original inhabitants. The Sun HeraldAn eloquent and thought-provoking book. Australian Book Review1835 is the best book on Australian history I have read since Van Diemens Land. James Boyce is on a roll. Good Reading
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