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Girt : the unauthorised history of Australia. Volume I, From megafunna to Macquarie / David Hunt ; illustrations by Ad Long
Bib ID 6252857
Format BookBook [text, still image, volume]
Author
Hunt, David, 1971- author
 
Description Collingwood, VIC : Black Inc., [2013] 
©2013 
274 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm 
ISBN 9781863956116 (paperback)
Summary

Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia . . .In this hilarious history, David Hunt reveals the truth of Australia's past, from megafauna to Macquarie - the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.Girt introduces forgotten heroes like Mary McLoghlin, transported for the crime of 'felony of sock', and Trim the cat, who beat a French monkey to become the first animal to circumnavigate Australia. It recounts the misfortunes of the escaped Irish convicts who set out to walk from Sydney to China, guided only by a hand-drawn paper compass, and explains the role of the coconut in Australia's only military coup.Our nation's beginnings are steeped in the strange, the ridiculous and the frankly bizarre. Girt proudly reclaims these stories for all of us. Not to read it would be un-Australian.

Notes

Reprinted 2013 (twice), 2014 (twice), 2015 & 2016.

Includes bibliographical references and index.

Subjects Australian wit and humor.  |  Settlement and contacts - Macassans and Indonesians.  |  Animals - Mammals - Marsupial megafauna.  |  Settlement and contacts.  |  Australia -- Anecdotes.  |  Australia -- History.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Long, Ad, illustrator
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