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Australians: Origins to Eureka (Australians #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
The outstanding first volume of acclaimed author Thomas Keneally's major new three-volume history of Australia brings to life the vast range of characters who have formed Australia's national story
Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekers—it is from their lives and their stories that Tom Keneally has woven a vibra
Hardcover, 628 pages
Published 2010 by Allen & Unwin (first published 2009)
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Jan 11, 2015 Adam rated it really liked it
For the most part, a wonderfully compelling account of the origins and founding of our great nation. Well recommended for someone desiring to gain a grasp on basic Australian history or to understand the Australian psyche.
Feb 05, 2014 Bettie☯ marked it as to-read
Description: Convicts and Aborigines, settlers and soldiers, patriots and reformers, bushrangers and gold seekersΓÇöit is from their lives and their stories that Tom Keneally has woven a vibrant history to do full justice to the rich and colorful nature of Australia's unique national character. The story begins by looking at European occupation through Aboriginal eyes, moving between the city slums and rural hovels of 18th-century Britain and the shores of Port Jackson. Readers spend time on the ...more
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Jun 16, 2015 Karen Radcliff rated it really liked it
This first book of the Australians trilogy was exactly what I wanted. Keneally's approach was to focus on individuals (many historical figures, some people not at all well known) and their experiences as examples of life at particular times, and how those times changed over the decades. This gave me enough detail to help illustrate Australia as a people and place changing over time, while at the same time keeping me interested by drawing me into the stories of individuals. I'd wanted a history o ...more
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Aug 05, 2016 T P Kennedy rated it liked it
It's an interesting book though it suffers from a comparison with "From the Fatal Shore". This is history told as anecdote rather than story. There's no great narrative drive to it but it's a very readable collection of individual perspectives on events in Australian history. It improves as it gets closer to modern times. The brief account of the Eureka stockade and the ensuing trails was the best part of the book. The meshing of law, politics and personal accounts comes naturally to the writer. ...more
This trilogy (which is still being written) is essential reading for anyone interested in Australian history. Keneally, the author responsible for ‘The Chant of Jimmy Blacksmith’ (made into a classic Aussie movie) and ‘Schindler’s Ark’ (filmed as ‘Schindler’s List’), shares the stories of the “little people” in Australia’s past. These are real stories of real people, set in their proper context of Australia’s larger history, and described with a novelist’s style.
Keneally can just write and write. He puts personalities around names and occasions as he traces Australia's history from the arrival of the First Fleet to the aftermath of the 1850s gold riots. My only complaints would be the book focuses to much on NSW with little coverage on other parts of the country as well as the Aboriginals seem to have disappeared early in the book (which might have been a reflection of what did actually happen).
Nov 03, 2013 Scooter rated it really liked it
Never let it be said that my mother in-law doesn't know have clue when it comes to buying me a book.
Thomas Keneally gives a very good narrative account on the island continent. As the title states, it's formation up until the events of Eureka Stockades.
A good read which I found thoroughly enjoyable.
Aug 24, 2012 Alanna rated it liked it
I find Australian history very interesting, so I enjoyed this book. I did find some parts a little hard going, and had to have a break from it every now & then, but overall I liked it & learnt a lot at the same time!
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Sep 28, 2015 Chris Cousins rated it it was amazing
A brilliant piece of writing. Well researched and informative. I have the next two books in this series and look forward to reading them.
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Jan 08, 2013 Romayne Saunders rated it really liked it
If you enjoy reading about Australia's history, this is a great book to read. It is not a hard book to read and there are some very interesting stories about famous people.
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Thomas Michael Keneally, AO (born 7 October 1935) is an Australian novelist, playwright and author of non-fiction. He is best known for writing Schindler's Ark, the Booker Prize-winning novel of 1982, which was inspired by the efforts of Poldek Pfefferberg, a Holocaust survivor. The book would later be adapted to Steven Spielberg's Schindler's List (1993), which won the Academy Award for Best Pict ...more
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