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"This log of miners' stories describes the giants of Australia's mining history and the tremendous influence that mining has had on Australia's attitudes to unionism, religion, law, and politics. Mines bearing quirky names like Rum Jungle, Noble's Nob, Broad Arrow, and Siberia echo the unique personalities and lifestyles of the miners who plumbed their depths. Anecdotes and compelling characters make this readable history as much a literary text as factual record. "
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In 2000 Professor Blainey received Australia's highest honour, the Companion of the Order of Australia. He taught at the University of Melbourne for many years, and chaired the Australia Council from 1977 to 1981. He has written over thirty books, including A Short History of the World, The Tyranny of Distance, The Triumph of the Nomads and The Peaks of Lyell.Review:
"Forget about Ned Kelly and the bushrangers: if you want a really romantic and exciting saga of Australia, take a look at our mining history. It's a turbulent, dramatic story with enough material for a bookshelf full of bestsellers... a saga of tough men, iron-nerved gamblers, violence, death and glittering riches set against the backdrop of some of the most awful country on earth. And never has the story been better told than by Geoffrey Blainey. Trevor Sykes
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Book Description Melbourne University Press, 2003. Condition: Fair. This is an ex-library book and may have the usual library/used-book markings inside.This book has soft covers. In fair condition, suitable as a study copy. Seller Inventory # 7302698