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Outback: The Discovery of Australia's Interior [Hardcover]

Derek Parker

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Feb. 2 2007
In 1800, while the coast of Australia had finally been charted, the vast interior of the continent, and routes across its deserts and mountains from north to south and east to west lay all undiscovered. By 1874, its lands had been all but won. Derek Parker's new and exciting book gathers together the stories of those intrepid explorers who, often against great odds, on journeys of months or even years, beat starvation, inadequate information and mapping, disease and loss, to forge a route which would enable the country's development. From early explorers, who were generally escaped convicts, to the son of a Lincolnshire surgeon who coined the name 'Australia'; from explorers Major Mitchell, who slaughtered aborigines, to Sir George Grey, who learnt their language, recorded their culture and came to love and understand them; and from the greatest overland expedition in Australian history in 1844 to continued failed attempts to find a mythical 'inland sea', this is a fascinating read. Illustrated by portraits, contemporary sketches and documents, and maps, this is a collection of tales of courage and determination despite overwhelming odds.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd (Feb. 2 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750942975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750942973
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g

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About the Author

Derek Parker is a writer and reviewer. His previous books include Nell Gwyn, Casanova, Cellini, Voltaire and the forthcoming The Trampled Wife: The Scandalous Life of Mary Eleanor Bowes, all published by Sutton. He lives in Sydney, Australia.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Thirsty travelers Sept. 21 2011
By Gregory Hope - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
If nothing else, reading this book will give one a proper appreciation for the availability of clean drinking water. The book provides a broad overview of the history and character of the men who explored the Australian Outback. The author admits in his introduction that the maps included are sub-par and as a reader not overly familiar with the geography of Australia I couldn't agree more. I found this lack to be a great hindrance to following the accounts retold here. This book is worthwhile as an introduction to the subject but I would reccomend Alan Moorehead's "Cooper's Creek" for a more detailed and riveting account.
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