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The World turned Upside-down
chapter available) or as a PDF that can be read on any computer. For the downloadable PDF, email email@example.com. Fahey is a well-known folklorist and performer of traditional Australian folk songs. The book has wonderful stories about the chaos of the first rushes, emigration, life on the goldfields, authority, bushranging and the later company mines. Over 135 songs, many newly discovered by Fahey, plus many great images from the archives. The e-book has bonus audio tracks, including some from Fahey’s early collecting period. AMHA members purchasing the PDF will also receive some bonus audio tracks.
Lines, Mines, People and Places
Fred Cahir, 2012. ANU E Press and Aboriginal History Incorporated, 152 pp. 15 ill., print version $24.95. Order a print on demand copy. Also available as a FREE DOWNLOAD.
The first history of Aboriginal-white interaction on the Victorian goldfields, Black Gold offers new insights on one of the great epochs in Australian and world history-the gold story. In vivid detail, it describes how Aboriginal people often figured significantly in the search for gold and documents the devastating social impact of gold mining on Victorian Aboriginal communities. It reveals the complexity of their involvement from passive presence, to active discovery, to shunning the goldfields. Running through this book are themes of Aboriginal empowerment, identity, integration, resistance, social disruption and communication.
Mining Towns: Making a Living, making a life