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Northern voyagers : Australia's monsoon coast in maritime history / Alan Powell
Bib ID 5151574
Format BookBook
Author
Powell, Alan, 1936-
 
Description North Melbourne, Vic. : Australian Scholarly Publishing, 2010 
xvii, 435 p., [30] p. of plates : ill. (some col.), maps, ports. ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781921509933
Summary

The maritime history of Australia's monsoon coast, stretching from Broome to Thursday Island, has a known story that is far older, more complex and more redolent of men against the sea than any other coast of the continent. Here came the earliest explorers of Australia, the greatest of her hydrographic surveyors, the whole of her pearling fleets, the trepang and trochus-shell gatherers of the East Indies, the seaborne missionaries of Cape York, Arnhem Land and the Kimberley shore, the bold entrepreneurs who forged and kept open the thin line of sea transport that alone enabled European settlement to survive on that long and lonely coast. Here, too, was fought the only real naval war in Australias history and here the Royal Australian Navy still holds the front line in the country's defence.

"The maritime history of Australia's monsoon coast, stretching from Broome to Thursday Island, has a known story that is far older, more complex and more redolent of men against the sea than any other coast of the continent." -- preface.

Full contents
  • The seekers
  • The surveyors
  • Settlers and sailors
  • Interregnum
  • War
  • Change and Continuity.
 
Notes

Includes index.

Bibliography: p. 396-405.

Subjects Explorers -- Australia, Northern -- History.  |  Frontier and pioneer life -- Australia, Northern -- History.  |  Seafaring life -- Australia -- Australia, Northern -- History.  |  Coastal settlements -- Australia, Northern -- History.  |  Settlement and contacts - Explorers.  |  Religions - Christianity - Missions.  |  Defence - World War II.  |  Settlement and contacts - Japanese.  |  Settlement and contacts - Macassans and Indonesians.  |  Settlement and contacts - Colonisation.  |  Australia, Northern -- History.  |  Australia, Northern -- History, Military -- 20th century.  |  Australia, Northern -- Discovery and exploration.
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