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Australian dictionary of dates and men of the time : containing the history of Australasia from 1542 to May, 1879 / by J.H. Heaton
Bib ID 2928668
Format BookBook
Heaton, J. Henniker (John Henniker), 1848-1914
Description Sydney : George Robertson, 1879 
232, ii, 317, 2 pages ; 25 cm. 

Rex Nan Kivell Collection ; NK3191.


A pioneering Australian reference work, this dictionary was published in 1879 by John Henniker Heaton (1848-1914), who in his youth spent twenty years as a journalist in Australia before returning to England and campaigning in Parliament for postal reform. Published amid a bitter dispute with the government printer, it is still acknowledged to contain much useful information despite some inaccuracies. The first part, 'Men of the Time', focuses on notable men and women with Australian connections, from 1542 to the date of publication, including explorers, governors, leading colonists, writers and scientists. The second part, 'The Australian Dictionary of Dates', provides an alphabetical listing of the most remarkable Australian historical events and topics, from Aboriginal cricketers to the Zig Zag railway line, particularly noting political and legal landmarks. Heaton's book is an important document of Victorian colonial historiography and a valuable resource for the history of European settlement in Australia.


Rex Nan Kivell Collection NK3191.

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Ferguson, J.A. Bibliography of Australia, 10346

Subjects Chronology, Historical -- Dictionaries.  |  Arabana / Arabunna people (L13) (SA SH53-03)  |  Gamilaraay / Gamilaroi / Kamilaroi language (D23) (NSW SH55-12)  |  Awabakal people (S66) (NSW SI56-05)  |  Gundungurra / Gundungura / Gandangara language (S60) (NSW SI56-09)  |  Gamilaraay / Gamilaroi / Kamilaroi people (D23) (NSW SH55-12)  |  Wiradjuri people (D10) (NSW SI55-07)  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions.  |  Arabana / Arabunna language (L13) (SA SH53-03)  |  Wiradjuri language (D10) (NSW SI55-07)  |  Awabakal language (S66) (NSW SI56-05)  |  Bungandidj / Buandig people (S13) (SA SJ54-06)  |  Gundungurra / Gundungura /Gandangara people (S60) (NSW SI56-09)  |  Bungandidj / Buandig language (S13) (SA SJ54-06)  |  Wailwan / Weilwan people (D20) (NSW SH55-11)  |  Wailwan / Weilwan language (D20) (NSW SH55-11)  |  Australia -- Biography.  |  Australia -- Dictionaries and encyclopedias.  |  Australia -- History.  |  Barrow Creek (Central NT SF53-06)  |  Parramatta (W Sydney NSW SI56-05)  |  Castlereagh River (N NSW SH55-11, SH55-15, SH55-16)  |  Lake Macquarie (NSW N Coast SI56-05)  |  Mount Gambier (SE SA SJ54-06)  |  Blue Mountains (W Sydney NSW SI56-05)  |  Sydney (NSW SI56-05)  |  Cullin-La-Ringo (E Qld SF55-15)  |  Western Australia (WA)  |  Brisbane (SE Qld SG56-15)  |  Poonindie (West SA SI53-11)  |  Geelong (Vic SJ55-09)  |  Bathurst Island (NT SC52-15)  |  Maloga (SW NSW SJ55-01)  |  Hornet Bank (SW Qld SG55-08)  |  Myall Creek (N NSW SH56-05)  |  Liverpool Plains (N NSW SH56-09)  |  Gulf of Carpentaria (SD53, SD54, SE54)  |  Bringelly (W Sydney NSW SI56-05)  |  Watson River (Qld NW Cape York SD54-07)  |  Barwon Heads / Breamlea (Bellarine Peninsula Vic SJ55-09)  |  Queensland Gulf country (Qld SE54)  |  Namoi River (N NSW SH55-12, SH56-09)  |  River Murray (SW NSW, N Vic, SE SA SI54, SI55)  |  Burragorang (NSW SI56-09)  |  Lake Wellington / Ramahyuck (E Vic Gippsland SJ55-11)  |  Wellington (N NSW SI55-04)  |  Hunter River (NSW N Coast SI56-01, SH56-13)
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